Unknown (2011)

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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
Rating:
PG-13 (for some intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sexual content)
Genre:
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

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
Stipe Erceg
as Jones
Rainer Bock
as Herr Strauss
Mido Hamada
as Prince Shada
Clint Dyer
as Biko
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
Karla Trippel
as Hostel
Petra Schmidt-Schaller
as Immigration Officer
Annabelle Mandeng
as TV Anchor
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 (192) | Top Critics (43)

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
Film.com
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 2, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 1, 2011
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.

Full Review… | February 18, 2011
NPR
Top Critic

Unknown" obviously knows its limitations, and it doesn't bother to rise above them. It just keeps throwing the punches the audience wants and expects. It won't cure world hunger, but chances are it will sell a lot of popcorn.

Full Review… | February 18, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

The cat-and-mouse game that the filmmakers are playing with us is only partially successful because this thriller is only intermittently thrilling. Instead of being captivated by the twist and turns, we're more likely to be rankled.

Full Review… | February 18, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Unknown

½

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
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

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

½

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

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