Unknown (2011)



Critic Consensus: Liam Neeson elevates the proceedings considerably, but Unknown is ultimately too derivative -- and implausible -- to take advantage of its intriguing premise.

Movie Info

Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife (January Jones) suddenly doesn't recognize him and another man (Aidan Quinn) has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired and on the run. Aided by an unlikely ally (Diane Kruger), Martin plunges headlong into a deadly mystery that will force him to question his sanity, his identity, and just how far he's willing to go … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Oliver Butcher, Stephen Cornwell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 21, 2011
Box Office: $63.7M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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as Rodney Cole

as Elizabeth Harris

as Ernst Jürgen

as Professor Bressler

as Jones

as Herr Strauss

as Prince Shada

as Dr. Farge

as Nurse Gretchen

as Laurel Bressler

as Lily Bressler

as Turkish Taxi Driver

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as Hotel Adlon Doorman

as Hotel Adlon Bellhop

as Hans Brandt

as Immigration Officer

as University Reception...

as Taxi Depot Manager

as Lost & Found Clerk

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as Café Owner

as Hotel Guard

as River Samaratin

as Club Bouncer

as Club DJ

as Brandt's Assistant
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Critic Reviews for Unknown

All Critics (192) | Top Critics (42)

May eventually surrender to convention and implausibility in equal measure, but until then, Collet-Serra grounds the conspiracy with a proper sense of mystery and mood.

Full Review… | June 21, 2011
Top Critic

Like Taken, it's the kind of flick that will play forever on cable.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

As the film progresses, it becomes incomprehensible. The twists are too preposterous and the plot holes are too plentiful, making Unknown an absolute mess.

Full Review… | July 24, 2013
We Got This Covered

The thriller is fun and action-packed but a few major plot holes and a few lazy twists definitely weigh it down.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

What started as a mildly intriguing innocent-man-wrongly-accused pseudo-thriller just turns into series of lame implausibilites in pursuit of an ending.

Full Review… | June 23, 2013

A paranoid thriller has to be more paranoid than this, with far more urgency to it, to work.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Unknown


I thought it was okay at first, but gradually lost me. Still not entirely sure what was going on by the end, but found I didn't really care by then either.
Typical dumb "blockbuster" type movie that's only good for a one off watch and preferably for free on tv.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


After a car accident Dr Martin Harris (Liam) wakes up from a coma to find that his wife doesn't recognise him and another man has stolen his identity. Similar to Bourne Identity. Good cast and interesting storyline.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


An explosive knockout of a film. It's Taken meets The Bourne Identity. A sharp, stylish, intense and unbelievably unpredictable edge of your seat thriller that will have your guessing right until the very end. A slickly directed and very well performed mystery that keeps the thrills coming and keeps you entertained as hell. A mind-blowing and heart-pounding action-packed mind-game of a thrill-machine. A brilliant and twist-filled movie that just jam-packs the excitement from beginning of end. An unforgettable guilty pleasure that just purely satisfies. Director, Jaume Collet-Serra crafts a Hitchcockian style film that mixes stunning action sequences and compelling storytelling into an exhilarating entertainment. The all-star cast also delivers. Liam Neeson is pure undeniable star power, he gives another incredible powerhouse performance. Neeson proves that the older he gets, the more capable he is at playing these intense and fun roles. Diane Kruger is stunning, she gives a strong and capable performance that works. A spectacular movie ride.

Al S

Super Reviewer

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