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Film Review: Unknown (2011)
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Unknown (2011). Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and based on the novel by French author Didier Van Cauwelaert. The films starts with Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) and his wife (January Jones) attending a technical summit in Berlin. When they arrive at their hotel Dr. Harris notices some bags are missing from the taxi, which has already left. He jumps into another taxi to go back to the airport. His taxi drives off a bridge into a river, while trying to avoid a collision, and he hits his head and is knocked unconscious. Unknown starts well, Liam Neeson performs by the numbers, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. But sadly before too long the story becomes derivative and slow, set against a rather too familiar backdrop of paranoia and identity. A derivative attractive female partner just happens to fall into Neeson's story at the right time. I began to wonder at one point whether it was a remake, as the sense of deja vu was so strong, but purportedly it isn't, and my memory's not good enough to remember what it's similar to. In the final half hour the plot takes a rather weak turn, with a debatable flaw towards the end. Ultimately this leaves a derivative film topped off with a bad ending. Hard to recommend unless you like your mysteries to be derivative and not feature Liam Neeson's better performances. 2/5 (Poor)
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