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.


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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) WB

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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 Detective
Petra Hartung
as Control Room Detective
Michael Baral
as Hotel Adlon Receptionist
Sanny Van Heteren
as Hotel Adlon Receptionist
Ricardo Dürner
as Hotel Adlon Doorman
Marlon Putzke
as Hotel Adlon Bellhop
Herbert Olschok
as Hans Brandt
Petra Schmidt-Schaller
as Immigration Officer
Janina Flieger
as University Receptionist
Fritz Roth
as Taxi Depot Manager
Heike Hanold-Lynch
as Lost & Found Clerk
Matthias Weidenhöffer
as Hotel Control Room Guard
Matthias Weidenhöfer
as Hotel Control Room Guard
Kida Khodr Ramadan
as Café Owner
Oliver Stolz
as River Samaratin
Peter Becker
as Hotel Guard
Vladimir Pavic
as Club Bouncer
Oliver Lang
as Club DJ
Sebastian Stielke
as Brandt's Assistant
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Critic Reviews for Unknown

All Critics (199) | Top Critics (45)

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.

Jun 21, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Enjoy it and then forget it...

Mar 7, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A nifty final twist, but it is so joyless and heavy-handed I found it impossible to like.

Mar 4, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The movie rather crumbles when it eventually has to deliver its secrets.

Mar 2, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

For about an hour or so, "Unknown" is intriguing.

Mar 1, 2011 | Full Review…
New Yorker
Top Critic

Neeson's comforting intelligence (and a marvelous turn by Bruno Ganz as an ailing former member of the East German secret police), are not enough to prevent the film from choking on obviousness and directorial fumbling.

Feb 18, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Unknown


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

Carlos Magalhães
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
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
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
Al S

Super Reviewer

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