It’s difficult to say very much about “Unknown” without giving
away the plot twist---and even saying that much is helping the viewer to
anticipate a paradigm shift somewhere in the course of the story.
Liam Neeson is convincing playing the American man who wakes up from
a coma in a German hospital and tries to piece together his lost identity.
But his performance is sort of determinedly determined, no matter the
startling obstacle. More
nuanced, actually, is the minor role of the part-time cab driver (Diane
Kruger), also involved in the accident, who winds up embroiled with him in
his frantic quest, and the beautiful young woman (January Jones) whom Neeson
swears is his wife, but she’s saying she doesn’t recognize him.
Is she pretending? Is
this a giant hoax? And if so,
why? Was even the
“accident” itself planned? And
why? More mysterious forces at
work here, as Neeson discovers that even a good memory can play tricks on
you, but we all knew that, didn’t we?
“Unknown” is a fast-paced, clever yarn with strong secondary
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Co-Pastor,
United Presbyterian Church,