The Unknown will not be left unknown
So I have a question for you all today – which was the last best thriller movie you have seen? Let me guess, Inception … am I correct? If yes is the answer to the question, then I might just have the perfect gift for you for the long weekend – Unknown. It is none other than Liam Neeson’s new movie Unknown.
As feeble as the title is, the movie is actually quite the opposite. The story begins with Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) and his wife (January Jones) traveling to Berlin for one of his biotechnical conferences. While checking in at the hotel, Martin realizes he forgot his briefcase at the airport and he heads back to the airport to retrieve it. On his way to the airport, he meets with a horrendous accident after which his memory is a bit fuzzy. He remembers everything though, or so he thinks, until he realizes that his wife has not made any effort to be at his side at his time of need. He eventually finds his wife only to have one line of conversation with her where she says, “Ummmmm, do I know you?” and calls out her “husband” (Aidan Quinn) who introduces himself saying, “Hi. I am Dr. Martin Harris.”
Confused, aren’t you? If I may take this opportunity to say, Neeson has done a tremendous job at portraying the same expression of bewilderment where, not only does the whole world not recognize him, but his own wife also refuses to do so. At this point Martin’s question of his identity is corroborated and he wonders whether his memory is playing games because of serious head injury or perhaps there is something far more malevolent.
Relax, calm down. The movie succeeds in creating high anticipation. You will not be disappointed with the answers either. Jaume Collet-Serra has done an excellent job with the direction, the story is well written and the more we talk about the acting, the less it seems to be.
Although I may say one thing about the ending – yes, your questions are answered well and, yes, the mystery behind the stolen identity will not make you complain. However, if the last unnecessary 15 minutes of the movie would have been better edited, it would easily have been one of the best movies of the year. The little drag after the mystery is solved seems a bit redundant and probably the only drawback (except after the title of course) to woo the audience like Inception.
Ok, so maybe Unknown is not as great as Inception or Salt but you can take my word you will not be disappointed; Unknown will not be left unknown.
NOTE: If you are interested in action-thriller movies, an update for you – Matt Damon’s upcoming movie The Adjustment Bureau is set to be released on March 11, 2011. Keep checking our website for more information.