divaMissioN Reviews "Unknown"
From viewing the trailer one would think that “Unknown” which stars Liam Neeson would be money well spent to see in the theatres but after viewing the film all I can say is save your bread. If you unfamiliar with the film and simply don’t know what I’m talking about here’s the synopsis:
Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife (January Jones) suddenly doesn’t recognize him and another man (Aidan Quinn) has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by assassins, he finds himself alone, tired, and on the run.
On his own in a strange country, Martin seeks aid from an unlikely and reluctant source (Diane Kruger) as he plunges headlong into a deadly mystery that will force him to question his sanity, his identity, and just how far he’s willing to go to uncover the truth.
Jaume Collet-Serra directed the film and has previous works that include “House of Wax” and “Orphan” which both have had financial success at the box office yet “Unknown” falls very short from what the critics called “The Bourne Identity” meets “Taken”.
While Liam’s character (Dr. Harris) is genuine and truly authentic as he fights to discover his identity and mask the confusion he suffers from, the focus of the film becomes blurry as mysteries such as involvement of the East German secret police surface as ex-member Ernst Jürgen (played by Bruno Ganz) is confronted by them and gives no justification or leeway as to why they are even there. Their presence overall leaves the audience asking questions that won’t be answered.
Execution of the roles played by supporting actors and actresses which include Diane Kruger (Inglourious Bastards), Aidan Quinn (Jonah Hex), and January Jones (Mad Men) should be commended. “Unknown” does deliver with the action scenes and will make you ask yourself open ended questions, the thing is some questions won’t get answered through the duration of the film and for me that means it lacks depth. Repeated, predictable (at times) and just not what I expected.
Check out the trailer below, will you go see “Unknown“??