Unknown (2011)

Unknown is the newest film by Jaume Collet-Serra, starring Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn, Bruno Ganz, Karl Markovics and Frank Langella.

Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) travels with his wife Elizabeth (January Jones) to Germany to attend a conference. While Elizabeth checks into the hotel, Martin ends up in a car accident. Cab driver Gina (Diane Kruger) saves his life, but Martin ends up in the hospital in a coma. When he wakes up after four days, he barely remembers anything. Slowly his memories return, but when Martin tries to find Elizabeth it is only to find himself replaced with another Martin Harris (Aidan Quinn) and Elizabeth not knowing him.

Unknown is exactly what it promises to be: a rather mindless action flick with a convoluted story and very mixed performances. It entertains, but not much more. Nothing less, either.

If you don’t think about it, the story of the movie is quite intriguing. If you start thinking though, you will fall into one of the quite a few enormous plot holes and you will probably vanish forever, so it’s better to just sit tight and turn off the brain for this one.

If you succeed to do that, you can enjoy the supporting cast, that is quite amazing, actually – Frank Langella, Bruno Ganz and Karl Markovics (who I didn’t know was in this film)… Diane Kruger and January Jones were more one the meh side, though. At least they managed to cast German actors to do the German speaking parts, which is quite a relief for someone who notices when American actors wrangle yet another German sentence. And Liam Neeson, of course, was his usual good self.

Apart from a certain dumbness this film shows, it was actually better than I expected it to be. I thought it would be one of those so-bad-it’s-good-flicks, but actually, it’s mostly just a decent action thriller.

There’s nothing really to write home about – not the direction, not the acting, not the soundtrack. Nothing stands out, neither in a good way, nor in a bad. (Even the acting was not the best any of the cast has ever done.) And that’s much mediocrity is actually quite rare in a film.

Summarising: Quite average entertainment but watchable.

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