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November 16, 2006
Screenwriter Matthew Waynee doesn't quite know when to provide clues and when to withhold.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 10, 2006
Director Simon Brand and screenwriter Matthew Waynee have constructed a fairly efficient little B movie from bits of Reservoir Dogs, Cube, and every amnesia thriller in which the victim is afraid of finding out he's the bad guy -- multiplied by five.
November 10, 2006
Gritty, gimmicky.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 10, 2006
Unknown comes across more like an amateur stage play, mechanically working through the obligatory three acts toward the obligatory twist ending.
Read More | Original Score: C-
November 9, 2006
80 minutes that could have been better spent watching Reservoir Dogs, The Usual Suspects, Memento, Saw or just half of The Departed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 9, 2006
The movie's disinterest in character might be forgivable were its plot not riddled with holes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 9, 2006
You can't fault the cast on this one, but you can fault the way the big-name actors have been distributed.
November 9, 2006
While Brand manages a couple of effectively brutal bits of violence, Matthew Waynee's gassy screenplay is all premise and no propulsion.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 9, 2006
Even as you anticipate what's next, formula demands that at least some of the men's judgments will be wrong.
November 6, 2006
The performances are uniformly excellent, and Brand relies on his music video training to provide some tantalizing flashback clues.
November 6, 2006
Tyro video helmer Simon Brand doesn't give his actors sufficient breathing room, ruthlessly chopping their scenes into monotonous hash.
November 3, 2006
Not since Memento or The Usual Suspects has a movie thrown viewers for as many loops.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
November 3, 2006
There's no particular message to their joint feature-film debut, except perhaps that chance plays a significant part in the direction people's lives take, but it's an entertaining diversion whose clever structure gives pulp-crime cliches a welcome twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 3, 2006
To kill 80 minutes, the movie has to pad itself with several dull speeches and stagy moments.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 3, 2006
It all comes together at the end, logically and with a twist. But it's not a game that allows the audience to play along.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 3, 2006
A worthy cast and an intriguing concept don't get enough support from this film's generic title, passable script and skittish direction; a mostly forgettable crime thriller is the result.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 2, 2006
Brisk pacing and an excellent cast of mostly B-list actors can't make up for the commonplace premise and execution of Simon Brand's twisty thriller Unknown.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 2, 2006
An entirely serviceable little thriller of containment, Unknown is one of those independent movies whose limited means clearly influenced its conception and creation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 2, 2006
It's not nearly as risky or as inspired as the movies it borrows from. But it keeps its audience's collective head in the game, thanks in large part to an impressive cast enacting the sometimes ludicrous proceedings with conviction.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 2, 2006
Once the paranoid surrealism of the opening scenes begins to fade, so does the film's inherent interest level.
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