Well, Unknown, this film surprised me as I really didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I actually did – the trailers never quite sold the film and the reviews just weren’t hat great – guess it’s a further example of how you shouldn’t go into things with preconceived notions.
The film rotates around a Professor played by Liam Neeson, he’s attending a conference in Berlin when he gets involved in a car crash leading to him going into a coma for 4 days. When he wakes up and tries to find his wife he discovers a man he doesn’t know has taken over his life – is he going mad, or is something else going on?
Firstly I wouldn’t bother with the trailer for this one – it doesn’t really sell the film, and actually gives away a couple of the plot points etc that you may not want to know in advance. The paragraph above contains all the plot details that I really wanted to know about the film before I went to go and see it.
Liam Neeson seems to be carving himself out a little niche playing these kind of roles – the man who comes into town, something happens and he has to go and sort it out. He plays it well and you can get the impression of an every-day man caught up in a rather strange situation. Diane Kruger is good as well as the Immigrant taxi driver with hints of a darker past who gets dragged into the situation. Though I thought that the Bruno Ganz as the private investigator who Liam Neeson goes to for help was fantastically portrayed, at times making me think of Yoda in his delivery of little wisdoms, he is proud in what he does and what he has done and Ganz pulls this together into an intriguing character who steals every scene that he appears in.
Yes it’s true that this film stretches incredulity at times, this isn’t a film that should be thought about too hard as if you do that the holes will start to show (There were a couple that almost had me shouting at the screen as they were so obvious to an IT geek – then a small stretch of the imagination this could be made to make sense so didn’t really hinder the film), but despite the presence of these in the film it’s a fun ride with some interesting (though not all entirely unpredictable) twists.
The geek in me also liked that one scene involving password cracking gave the option of brute forcing the password – it wasn’t needed but was a nice little touch…