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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 to uncover the truth. -- (C) WBmore
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


Liam Neeson
as Dr. Martin Harris
Aidan Quinn
as Martin B.
Frank Langella
as Rodney Cole
January Jones
as Elizabeth Harris
Bruno Ganz
as Ernst Jürgen
Sebastian Koch
as Professor Bressler
Rainer Bock
as Herr Strauss
Mido Hamada
as Prince Shada
Karl Markovics
as Dr. Farge
Eva Löbau
as Nurse Gretchen
Helen Wiebensohn
as Laurel Bressler
Merle Wiebensohn
as Lily Bressler
Adnan Maral
as Turkish Taxi Driver
Torsten Michaelis
as Airport Taxi Driver
Rainer Sellien
as Control Room Detecti...
Petra Hartung
as Control Room Detecti...
Michael Baral
as Hotel Adlon Receptio...
Sanny Van Heteren
as Hotel Adlon Receptio...
Ricardo Dürner
as Hotel Adlon Doorman
Marlon Putzke
as Hotel Adlon Bellhop
Herbert Olschok
as Hans Brandt
Petra Schmidt-Schall...
as Immigration Officer
Janina Flieger
as University Reception...
Fritz Roth
as Taxi Depot Manager
Heike Hanold-Lynch
as Lost & Found Clerk
Matthias Weidenhöffe...
as Hotel Control Room G...
Matthias Weidenhöfer
as Hotel Control Room G...
Kida Khodr Ramadan
as Café Owner
Peter Becker
as Hotel Guard
Oliver Stolz
as River Samaratin
Vladimir Pavic
as Club Bouncer
Oliver Lang
as Club DJ
Sebastian Stielke
as Brandt's Assistant
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News & Interviews for Unknown

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
Movie Nation

Audience Reviews for Unknown


Liam Neeson plays another middle-aged superman in this intriguing mystery full of frenetic, overstylish action, but even if the mediocre story begins relatively interesting, it soon comes up with a lot of convenient plot holes and ends on a ludicrous explanation that is more laughable than surprising.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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

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