Liam Neeson was the very reason “Unknown” appealed to me. Since “The A Team” he has marked his ground very clearly in my movie watch lists. With a more than captivating beginning the movie just jumpstarts with the mere presence of Liam Neeson being in a tragic accident. Dr.Martin Harris and his wife enter into Berlin for the very first time to attend a Bio Tech conference. Dr.Martin quite by mistake leaves one of his suitcases outside the airport and only realizes this once they reach the hotel. Immediately he calls another taxi and makes his way back to the airport while his wife checks into the hotel. Dr.Martin meets with an accident and wakes in hospital after 4days only to realize that someone has stolen his identity.
A brilliantly written screenplay by Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell captivates the essence very cleverly. No lose ends at all during this thrilling movie keeps the suspense building effectively and wraps the viewer very closely and keeps me guessing for answers for Dr.Martins doubts. Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger do wonders on screen with Neeson obviously smacking his performance to all corners of the set. Outstanding supporting performances by Bruno Ganz and Frank Langella, although their screen time was minimal, it is felt quite strongly that they play 2 very powerful roles in the conviction of the reality and the gravity of the circumstances. Whilst there is no extraordinary approach used in the making of the movie, Jaume Collet – Serra toys with colors quite a bit to bring in the gloomy story line to a gloomier light. Frames in hues of green and grey I felt is a nice touch. Also the thought driven into the detailed costuming to match with the colors played was very pleasing to the eye. One may say that there is nothing much to do in terms of costuming and shot angles and frame colors since the set is a very basic one. However I feel it is vital in terms of relating the mood to the situation discussed through the movie. Maybe you as a reader would see it in a different paradigm. However all this being said, I felt that the ending could have been much better, since everyone does a brilliant job right from the point of GO, the ending needed to go off with a bang, at times it felt a bit of an anticlimax ; once again could be only me, but I strongly felt the anticlimax. I am certain that was not what Jaume is going for here.
If you are a lover of the thriller genres and loves being teased by the storyline, this is a must watch. I personally enjoyed the tease and was darn well entertained and its value for money.
Directed by: Jaume Collet – Serra
Starring: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Frank Langella & Bruno Gansz
Rated: PG 13 for some intense sequences of violence and action and some brief sexual content.