I initially thought that Unknown was going to be another brutal action flick similar to Taken. Turns out I’m only half correct. This film does have a substantial amount of exciting action, but it’s also a suspense thriller which unfortunately doesn’t hit the highs that you want it to.
The awesome Liam Neeson plays a guy called Martin Harris who is involved in a fatal car accident. Upon recovering from a four-day coma, he realises that his identity has been stolen and his wife (played coldly by Mad Men‘s January Jones) doesn’t recognise him anymore. Confused and dazed, he now has to find out what on earth is going on. It’s this kind of film where you are just waiting for the big reveal, and you expect it to be some kind of mind-blowing revelation. The twist of Unknown did surprise me, but everything else is sub-par at best.
A couple of arguable plot holes here and there, some plot devices to keep the story going and one pretty blatant product placement are all packed into a well-shot but ultimately lukewarm thriller. Unknown is recommended for Liam Neeson fans, but watch Taken first if you haven’t.