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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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Jaume Collet-Serra

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Oliver Butcher (screenplay), Stephen Cornwell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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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Country:

UK | Germany | France | USA

Language:

English | German | Turkish | Arabic

Release Date:

18 February 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unknown See more »

Filming Locations:

Tresor, Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$63,686,397

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$136,123,083
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

On the close-up of the Canadian passports, the surname is where the other names should be, and vice-versa. See more »

Goofs

When Harris received a text message from Gina, the time was 13:38. next when he was reading the message, it was 13:54 See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Referenced in Maltin on Movies: Unknown & Cedar Rapids (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Quartet Major
Performed by Paul Durham
Paul Durham -- Black Labyrinth Music (BMI)
Donald J. Hofer -- YRSK Publishing (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Songs for Film & TV obo Black Lab
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Despite his age, Neeson still has it in him
1 March 2011 | by jdkrausSee all my reviews

Multiple people have compared this to Neeson's 2008 release of "Taken." Both have a similar concept; Liam goes on a fast-paced journey to retrieve something special that has been taken from him. This time it is not his daughter; it is his mind. Unlike "Taken," "Unknown" is more of a suspense mystery than an action flick. There are some chases and fight scenes, but that is not the main focus. The movie's plot is focus and it is unique for it is unpredictable. We are confused like Neeson's character and there are times we don't know if he will succeed. There are multiple twists and unlike most mystery thrillers, it took me more than half through the film to figure it all out.

In short, "Unknown" is a fairly decent mystery thriller. Good performances. Good story for a mystery. Good music. Good cinematography—I particularly like the whole gray, dreary atmosphere that reflects the film's location's bleak weather. Good twists. Good suspense— the sound mixers must've had a kick in adding emphasis on sound effects to startle the audience. The one thing I will note is that Liam Neeson is really showing his age. This is not necessarily a bad thing; on the contrary, it helps his character out. It gets tiresome that Hollywood always uses the generic 30-something year old actor with smashing abs who is tossed into a terrible situation. It is nice to see an aging actor play an upper middle-aged man who has perhaps lost his mind while running away from people trying to kill him.

My rating: ***/****


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