“I am interested in madness. I believe it is the biggest thing in the human race, and the most constant. How do you take away from a man his madness without also taking away his identity?” - William Saroyan
We love a good action/thriller movie and at the weekend we watched a good one. It was the 2011, Jaume Collet-Serra’s “Unknown” starring Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger and January Jones. The screenplay by Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell was based on the novel “Out of My Head” by Didier Van Cauwelaert. The production was slick the direction crisp and slick, and the acting excellent with Liam Neeson doing an excellent job an action hero, or should that be antihero?
The plot involves a research biotechnologist (Neeson) who arrives in Berlin accompanied by his wife (Jones) for a conference at which a scientist and his Arab Prince backer will announce breakthrough research that will change the agribusiness landscape around the world. While his wife checks into the hotel, he grabs a taxi to return to the airport for his briefcase, left at the kerb. On the way to the airport, an accident involving the taxi he is in and he is saved by the attractive taxi driver (Kruger). He is in a coma though, from which he awakes four days later without identification and with gaps in his memory. He goes to his hotel where his wife refuses to recognise him and another man has claimed his identity. With help from a nurse, the taxi driver, a retired Stasi agent, and an academic friend, he tries to unravel what’s going on.
The film was engaging and involving, with a few twists and turns in the plot, peppered with some great actions sequences. It reminded me a little bit of the good old Hitchcock movies and was most enjoyable. We recommend this to people who like a good action thriller.