Starring: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Frank Langella, Aidan Quinn
Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra
WOW! How about this awesome weather today everybody? Isn’t it amazing where today feels like the first day of Spring? You could actually walk outside without a coat on! It won’t stay this way too long though. 😦 It’ll get cold again, this weekend, BOO! I hear ya, I hear ya, I’m tired of the cold weather myself.
Today, I decided to go to the mall to check out a movie and do some fun shopping for myself. I was gonna see the film, “The Rite”, with Anthony Hopkins, but they stopped playing that film, so I would have to wait for that movie to hit DVD instead.
I also went to Best Buy and picked up a few movies on DVD as well. I ended up buying, “I Spit On Your Grave” horror film remake, “Exit Through the Gift Shop” documentary, and “Waiting for Superman” documentary. I’ve been reading great reviews about those three movies so I blind bought them, never saw them before. Looking forward to seeing those movies this weekend.
I ended up seeing the movie, “Unknown” starring Liam Neeson, the new action thriller. This would be my first 2011 release that I’ve seen this year. On with my review:
Plot/Synopsis: Liam plays a man named, Dr. Martin Harris who was in a dangerous car accident in Berlin and was put in a coma for 4 days. When he woke up after his coma, he meets up with his wife, Elizabeth, but suddenly, she doesn’t know who he is. Another man claims to be her husband and has the same name, Dr. Martin Harris, it seems that the real Dr. Martin Harris identity has been stolen. As Martin tries to find his real identity and tries to find out why his wife doesn’t recognize him, he is being hunted down by assassins. Martin tries his best to get his wife back and tries to investigate what went wrong. Martin gets help from a young woman named, Gina, who is played by Diane Kruger.
I was at first a little worried about this film. When I went into the theater, I’m like, “oh man, hope this film don’t suck”. It surprisingly didn’t. It turned out to be an entertaining film with a lot of twist and turns. It’s a mystery suspense film, that was unpredictable and kept you guessing until the very end.
Yes, the storyline of some guy waking up and finding his identity being gone, have been told through movies thousands of times (Jason Bourne, perfect example), but this one was done right, and intelligently. The film had the whole package. It was a perfect popcorn action flick, all around. The writing was great, the cast was phenomenal (Frank Langella, is what made the movie exciting alone).
Plus, the action scenes in this movie were surprisingly a blast. It had some great car chases, plenty of fighting and gun shooting, explosions too. It had it all. You might think this film is kind of similar to “Taken”, Liam’s previous action flick, but “Unknown” is ten times better than, “Taken”. I loved Diane Kruger’s character in this flick, too, she’s a great actress.
I have no complaints with the film at all. An excellent film. After “Taken” and this movie, Liam Neeson will be the next great American action hero, he’s almost there. Could Liam be a great addition to the “Expendables” cast? Absolutely! If you like a great action movie with a bit of suspense, this is the film for you.
I’ll have to warn you though, there is a big shocker at the end of the movie, I’m not going to spoil anything. The ending is pretty questionable and will leave you scratching your head. Great film, check it out.
Score for “Unknown” = **** (4 stars as in “excellent”)
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