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Be Confused in A Good Way: Unknown Movie Review

February 19, 2011

What will you do if someone pretends to be you and you have no way to prove who you really are?

Dr. Martin Harris awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife suddenly doesn’t recognize him and another man 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, Martin plunges headlong into a deadly mystery that will force him to question his sanity, his identity, and just how far he’s willing to go to uncover the truth.

Although I can’t help but blurt out “Taken!” as it does have some similarities to the film. Unknown was able to sustain the mystery of Liam Neeson’s character up to the explosive ending. This movie deserves to be watched a second time, as you would like to take a look at the clues pertaining to Liam’s character.

The plot is far from perfect, as there are some scenes that are dragging and can probably be taken out of the film. Expect great action scenes, eye candy Berlin with the Mercedes Benz cabs, and a whole lot of confusion until the end of the movie. The confusion part is okay as it will reveal whatever it is that needs to be revealed in the end.

Liam Neeson and the rest of the ensemble was able to push the envelope in making this a good film. At first I thought Diane Kruger is an interesting choice as a German cab driver but she was able to pull it off — being a cab driver and Liam’s ally that is. Frank Langella is awesome as usual although he only got a somewhat cameo role in the movie. The rest of the cast are perfectly casted as well.

Cinematography wise, it brought out a certain mood in the film. The colors used such as the tones of blue all throughout the movie is a great depiction in what is going on with the main actor’s mind. It was able to capture beautiful Berlin and the shots was able to categorize which is real and which is not in Neeson’s character.

Overall, this movie can be great for some who likes to have some brainwork in watching a movie and if you can sustain watching some of the dragging scenes. The uniqueness of the idea for the film is a big plus though.

Popcorn Rating:

Opening across the Philippines on Feb. 16, “Unknown” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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