Directed by Jaume Collet-Sera
“The star of ‘Taken’ and ‘The A-Team’ jumps back into action with brute force! Liam Neeson plays Dr. Martin Harris, who awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife (January Jones) suddenly doesnt recognize him and another man (Aidan Quinn) has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired and on the run. Aided by an unlikely ally (Diane Kruger), Harris plunges into a deadly mystery forcing him to question his sanity, his identity and just how far hes willing to go to uncover the truth.”
“Unknown” is PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sexual content.
All that being said, if anyone can get you to watch a clone of “The Bourne Identity,” then it’s Liam Neeson. He continues his thriller career with “Unknown” and sells it for all he’s worth. And he does a pretty good job of it. Even when you start to think you’ve got the plot figured out, you’re still willing to follow Neeson for the ride. He handles the drama and action equally well. He’s well supported by Diane Kruger, Frank Langella, and Bruno Ganz. January Jones has taken a lot of heat recently for a ‘wooden’ performance in “X-Men: First Class.” While I didn’t see it there, I have to say she is pretty dull in “Unknown,” especially alongside the likes of Neeson.
If you’re wanting to see some great action scenes or if you’re a fan of Liam Neeson, then you’ll want to check out “Unknown.” It’s not his best film, but it is entertaining.
There are only two short bonus features on this Blu-ray and they’re both ‘making of’ featurettes. Most interesting among them is Neeson recounting a story of being a boxer and getting knocked out during a match. He couldn’t remember about 4 minutes of his memory and it prompted him to give up boxing. It also served as inspiration for his role in “Unknown.”