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A man awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one, (not even his wife), believes him. With the help of a young woman, he sets out to prove who he is.

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A biochemist and his dishy wife arrive in Berlin for a conference at which a scientist and his controversial Arab funder will announce breakthrough research. While his wife checks into the hotel, he grabs a cab to return to the airport for his briefcase, left at the curb. En route, an auto accident puts him in a coma, from which he awakes four days later without identification and with gaps in his memory. He goes to the hotel: his wife refuses to recognize him and another man has claimed his identity. With help from a nurse, the cab driver, a retired Stasi agent, and an academic friend, he tries to unravel what's going on. Is the answer in the briefcase? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Take back your life.


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Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sexual content | See all certifications »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$25,453,015 (USA) (18 February 2011)

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$61,094,903 (USA) (18 March 2011)
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Trivia

The film takes place in November 2011, nine months after it was released in most markets. See more »

Goofs

After Dr. Harris is pulled from the river and the EMTs are working on him they use a defibrillator on him to attempt to revive him. This is totally inaccurate, as he is covered in water, lying in water, and the EMTs are standing/kneeling in water while using a powerful electrical current. Had this been real then not only would the current have passed through Dr. Harris's entire body but the bodies of the EMTs working on him. Something that anyone familiar with the use of a defibrillator well knows hence the warning "clear" called when ever it is used. See more »

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Pilot's Voice: Ladies and gentlemen, we're beginning our descent into Berlin Tegel, where local time is 8:30 AM, and the temperature is a cool minus four degrees.
Dr. Martin Harris: Morning.
Elizabeth Harris: Did you sleep?
Dr. Martin Harris: No. I'll sleep at the hotel.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are shown as clouds being viewed from an airplane blow past... not so crazy, except that it actually makes one of the credits unreadable. See more »

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Featured in Liam Neeson: Known Action Hero (2011) See more »

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Elevation
Performed by Sultana Ensemble
Written by Yoel Ben-Simhon (ASCAP)
Published by Lovecat Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Lovecat Music
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Crafty Thriller!
25 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Liam Neeson is turning into quite an action star these days despite his advancing age. After starring in the surprise action hit Taken, Liam tries his hand at another similar movie except with a much fewer body count. Unknown is a crafty little thriller set in international lands and is much better than I expected it to be. I thought this would be almost like a sequel to Taken but what I got was a tense, smartly-written thriller.

This film is about a husband, Dr. Martin Harris and a wife, Liz who travels to Germany because of a press conference. After suffering in an accident, Martin wakes up to find out his whole world is turned upside down when he finds out his wife does not recognize him and an impostor has taken his place. Now, he has to face many challenges if he is to get things back to normal.

Liam Neeson is making a name for himself as an action star. He was pretty good to watch in this movie. The supporting cast led by January Jones, Diane Kruger, and Frank Langella is really good as well.

Overall, this is a tense thriller which is way better than the release date it had would suggest. This movie was slow at times and it reminded me greatly of Harrison Ford's Frantic, but despite some clichés, the cast and some tense moments rose this film above mediocrity. I rate this film 8/10.


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