Posted by: kcgadiyar | February 21, 2011

“Unknown” movie review

The first thought that went into my mind the moment the end credits came on screen in this movie was – “Someone should show this to Abbas-Mastan as an example of how to make a movie with innumerable twists in it properly.”. I liked “Race”, but by the end everyone has to admit that the number of twists and turns just got tough to keep track of. That is exactly where Unknown triumphs.

I was watching “Taken” on Netflix a few days ago and felt that it was a serviceable movie with a towering performance by Liam Neeson. Then i saw the trailer for “Unknown” and i felt (as many many people have commented online) that this is a clear cash-in on the goodwill generated by Taken. Still, the trailer had me intrigued enough to go check this one out, and i wasn’t disappointed.

The movie starts with Dr.Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) and his wife (January Jones) arriving in Berlin for a conference. Neeson realizes that he has forgotten a briefcase at the airport and hitches a taxi driven by Gina (Diane Kruger) to go get it back. Unfortunately, the taxi has an accident sending Neeson into a 4 day coma following which he finds that his wife refuses to recognize who he is and points to someone else as Dr.Martin Harris. He also feels like someone is out to kill him and he needs the help of Gina to get out of the situation.

A typical thriller plot follows with plenty of twists thrown at the audience, and in an incredible bit of plotting, every single twist makes sense. I was genuinely blown away by that, normally these movies which pack in too many twists leave us with plotholes large enough to drive a truck through.

Liam Neeson steals the show in this movie. The rest of the cast is competent. But a lot of praise must be reserved for the stunt choreographer – this movie has one of the best car chase scenes i have ever seen. It is almost choreographed like a proper dance between cars. The best thing about the movie is the relentless pace, the plot details are all laid out within the first 15 minutes and no time is wasted on extraneous exposition.

All in all, this movie is one hell of a ride. 4 out of 5 and recommended. Watch it for Neeson and the action scenes.

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