Friday, February 18, 2011

Unknown

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Starring: Liam Neeson, January Jones, Aidan Quinn, Diane Kruger, and Bruno Ganz

Based on the Didier van Cauwelaert novel, Out of My Head, the movie follows pretty well trodden path. Reminiscent of Frantic and Taken, but has some edge of the seat moments. Good dramatic use of sound with some very fine photography by Flavio Labiano, especially with the taxi accident. Dr Martin Harris (Liam Neeson), arrives in Berlin with his wife Elizabeth (January Jones) to give a paper at a biotech conference. He accidently leaves his briefcase at the airport and when he tries to retrieve it an accident ensues leaving Martin half-drowned and three-quarters amnesiac. He awakens from a four-day coma only to discover his wife is living it up with a another man (Aidan Quinn) who claims to be her husband. Martin's misery continues when two unknown assassins try whacking him whenever he gets close to remembering anything important. Sound familiar ? Well of course it is but a crack good yearn deserves a retelling. Look out for Swiss veteran actor, Bruno Ganz playing the gumshoe and former member of the East German secret police.

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