When a man awakens from a coma only to discover that someone has taken on his identity, he teams up with a young woman to prove who he is.


Jaume Collet-Serra


Oliver Butcher (screenplay), Stephen Cornwell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liam Neeson ... Dr. Martin Harris
Diane Kruger ... Gina
January Jones ... Elizabeth Harris
Aidan Quinn ... Martin B
Bruno Ganz ... Ernst Jürgen
Frank Langella ... Rodney Cole
Sebastian Koch ... Professor Bressler
Olivier Schneider ... Smith
Stipe Erceg ... Jones
Rainer Bock ... Herr Strauss
Mido Hamada ... Prince Shada
Clint Dyer ... Biko
Karl Markovics ... Dr. Farge
Eva Löbau ... Nurse Gretchen
Helen Wiebensohn Helen Wiebensohn ... Laurel Bressler


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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Did You Know?


Olivier Schneider, the actor who played Smith (the assassin with the glasses), was also a stunt coordinator for this film. He was also the stunt coordinator for Taken (2008), which also starred Liam Neeson. See more »


When Jürgen checked the Biotech Summit website, Professor Bressler was announced as Proffessor Bressler. 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 »


Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.98 (2011) See more »


Performed by Sultana Ensemble
Written by Yoel Ben-Simhon (ASCAP)
Published by Lovecat Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Lovecat Music
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Fast, suspenseful, slick thriller. Yes, we have it seen it all before, but it is executed with THAT MUCH finesse, that it is still a joy to watch from beginning to end.
28 March 2019 | by imseegSee all my reviews

Beforehand I didnt expect anything from this movie, I just wanted to watch a B-movie, with lots of action and thrills, to keep me awake. But I got more than I expected, and although I was sleepy when I started watching it, I was wide awake midway through. This is just another one of those unmistakable well made Liam Neeson thrillers.

If you liked the Liam Neeson Taken series then you will surely love this movie as well. It' s fast, suspenseful and with lots of slick and cool looking photography and editing. I mention these technical details, because lots of action movies just dont get it right when it comes to fastpaced action photography. This one does.

Liam Neeson travels abroad with his wife for business. He gets into a car accident by himself and when he wakes up in a hospital, someone else has taken his identity.This story might sound ridiculous, and for sure, it is a bit of a ridiculous story, but it is executed in such a way that is still quite suspenseful and captivating.

There are many resemblances with the Bourne movies. Memory loss, being chased by assasins in foreign countries (Germany), fast action sequences and lots of suspense. It is a really decent action thriller, which the fans of this genre will surely have a good time with. It is a bit better than the average action movie, although dont expect originality either...

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Release Date:

18 February 2011 (USA) See more »

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Tresor, Berlin, Germany See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,856,389, 20 February 2011

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