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Unknown (2011)

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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Take back your life.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

18 February 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Unknown  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,856,389, 20 February 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


When Liz types in the passwords, they are visible in plain text. Passwords are almost always encrypted and what should have been seen are either dots or asterisks. See more »


[first lines]
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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Blue Monday (Oliver Lang & Rob Blazye Remix)
Performed by New Order
Written by Stephen Morris (as Morris) / Peter Hook (as Hook) / Bernard Sumner (as Sumner) / Gillian Gilbert (as Gilbert) © Be Music (NS)
All Rights Administered by Warner / Chappell Music Publishing Limited
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User Reviews

Pretty good
22 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

I wanted to love this film, as I'm a big fan of Liam Neeson.

This was a pretty good movie. It was overall enjoyable to watch, and it had good twists to the story. It was action packed, and as such Neeson delivers. January Jones is, unfortunately, a terribly cold actress and is the same character as all of her other films. I do like Diane Kruger though, and she was fairly charming in this.

I enjoyed watching it. It's a good weekend, sit-down-and-enjoy thrill movie, as one would expect from its description. It is by no means a movie I'd recommend for its artistic merit, but it definitely delivers in the traditional thrill-seeker movie. The plot is pretty good as well, and well executed.

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