by Sami Daggett
It’s another Liam Neeson, action packed, psychological thriller set in a foreign country. And although it may not be extremely original, “Unkown” has what it takes to make a great film. With the bad guys, German accents, car chases and twisted endings, the movie sets the bar for what action films should be.
Neeson plays Dr. Martin Harris, who goes on a business trip to Germany with his wife. After a car accident, he later wakes up from a coma to find he’s all-alone. No one will believe he is who he says he is. His own wife even denies knowing him after he tracks her down.
Martin eventually meets up with a young woman who is reluctant to help him, but does without knowing what she’s about to get into.
As more and more things turn up throughout the film, Neeson’s character starts believing everyone around him when they say he’s confused about his own identity.
With all psychological thrillers, there is plenty to keep viewers on the edge of their seats all throughout the film and then completely shock them with the ending.
The setting and tone of the movie is very familiar and at times even predictable. However, “Unknown” is one of the best movies I’ve seen this year. The story line keeps viewers interested without making it seem outrageous and unrealistic. Liam Neeson is great in his role for the frustrated, “out to save the day” character.
In my opinion, “Unknown” is better than Neeson’s previous action film “Taken,” where he must go on a scavenger hunt through Europe to try to find his kidnapped teenage daughter. The two films have been compared to each other since “Unkown’s” release.
Currently in theaters, “The Adjustment Bureau,” “Beastly,” “Rango,” “Take Me Home Tonight,” “Drive Angry 3D” and “Hall Pass.” New to DVD, “Burlesque,” “Faster,” “127 Hours,” “Megamind” and “Love and Other Drugs.”
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