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A man awakens from a two-month-long coma. Total amnesia. A bullet fired point blank. He doesn't remember anything. He's told that he had a wife and a son. They've been killed. He's revealed his past identity by the Colonel, who insists they are best friends. He's a Major of the Military Security Agency. An inspector from the State Security Agency appears affirming that he has information on people responsible for the massacre of his family. The Major is discharged from the hospital. He tries to patch together a normal life but is confronted with emptiness and despair. His only chance of discovering his identity and the assassin of his family is to accept the game that the Inspector has set up for him with the Businessman, the Mafioso and the Politician. He agrees... Discovers that he was a war criminal... Realizes who took a shot at him... Finds out who killed his family... Discovers the Fourth Man! Written by
As in various thrillers (like Bourne Identity), the plot is centered around the amnesia of the protagonist: he tries to find out who he was, who killed his wife and son, who are the people that come up to him after he wakes from his coma, what are their real motivations, and what dark secret is behind it all.
I had only three gripes: 1) Lazar's flashbacks allow us to suspect the identity of the killer too early on; 2) in the action sequences his antagonists seem rather incompetent; 3) Kojo puts on a solid performance, but sometimes Lazar just stares at people with a deadpan expression. Very Serbian no doubt, but takes some getting used to.
The movie kept my interest throughout, and the dark secret revealed at the end is indeed dark. The conclusion is powerful, and reaches beyond a personal tragedy.
Overall a good action thriller, darker than Bourne's Identity, and superior to most Hollywood fare.
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