Liam Neeson is back in action in Unknown.
If The Bourne Identity, Taken, Frantic and Total Recall had an orgy…the offspring would be Unknown. Which in my opinion is a good thing. Unknown is an edge of your seat thriller, not to be missed.
We begin with a nice American couple – Liam Neeson and January Jones – in Berlin for a biotech convention. They pull up at their luxury hotel. As she checks in, he realizes they left a piece of luggage at the airport, and he hops into a taxi to go back. But then an unforeseen accident takes him out of action for four days, and when he finally rushes back to the hotel, his wife insists she doesn’t recognize him. She points to another man and says that he, not Neeson, is Dr. Martin Harris.
The real Dr. Harris (Neeson) finds himself out on the street in a foreign city, with no passport and with less than a hundred euros in his pocket. What’s more, he is becoming paranoid. He looks at vans and wonders if he’s being followed. He turns to hear the source of footsteps. He thinks he might be going crazy…but trust me, he isn’t.
German actress Diane Kruger plays a Bosnian refugee in Berlin whose life becomes entangled with the good doctor’s. Kruger has become a crisp and unsentimental actress in recent years, quite direct in her appeal. The film also features two superbly crafted supporting roles for older actors: Bruno Ganz, a Swiss actor who is one of the staples of European cinema, shows up as an old Stasi agent who knows the world and knows people, and most of what he knows isn’t good. And Frank Langella, who takes on the look of an aging professor, is a trusted colleague of Dr. Harris’, working in the same field.
This was a smart, adult, action thriller that makes the audience think as well as provide thrills. Liam Neeson is really turning into the “everyman” action here. I highly recommend Unknown.
I give UNKNOWN ***1/2 out of ****