Who am I?
This is the driving question behind the action movie Unknown, which stars Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, and January Jones. The movie begins with Liam Neeson’s character, Dr. Martin Harris, and his wife (January Jones) flying to Berlin for a conference on biotechnology. When they arrive at their hotel, Harris realizes he doesn’t have his briefcase. Without telling his wife where he is going, he jumps into a cab to retrieve the briefcase from the airport. Unfortunately the taxi is involved in an accident that sends it diving head first into a river.
When Harris wakes up, he is informed that he was in a coma for four days. He can’t remember much from before the accident and he has no identification. After waiting a day or two for someone to claim him, Harris checks himself out of the hospital against the doctor’s orders and goes in search of his wife. With the little bit that he does remember, he finds her at a reception. But instead of being ecstatic to see him, she treats him like a stranger. Worse, there is another man there who claims to be Dr. Martin Harris!
Although this was your basic action film complete with car chases and butt kicking, I enjoyed watching this movie. Liam Neeson is an excellent actor who convincingly portrays the character’s confused, yet determined, push to find out the truth. To be honest, though, he is essentially playing the same character from the movie Taken, except with a different plotline. The supporting characters also did their part to make this a decent movie worth watching.
I found the storyline to be thought provoking and felt the movie did an excellent job of revealing relevant information without giving away the ending. When I first started watching Unknown, I was totally expecting some type of ultimate identity theft scam that had been instigated by the wife. Therefore, I was genuinely surprised when the truth was revealed. Trust me, you won’t see it coming.