by Gary Barnidge on March 2nd, 2011
The Starting Lineup – Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) Gina (Diane Kruger) Elizabeth Harris (January Jones) Martin B (Aidan Quinn) Ernst Jurgen (Bruno Ganz) Rodney Cole (Frank Langella) Jaume Collet-Serra (Director)
Gary’s Thoughts – When I saw the trailer of this movie I was very excited because it look similar to Taken which was a tremendous movie. This movie is a mix of The Bourne movies and the Taken movie. You have certain aspects from each of those movies mixed in to give you a roller coaster ride of ups and downs. The movie mixes the twists and turns of the Bourne movies with the action sequences that were similar to Taken. The PG-13 rating hurt the movie some because they weren’t really able to delve deep into the action scenes because of the rating. The movie blends the action with making you think about all that is happening around Liam Neeson’s character. There are twists and scenes where you yourself will be asking could that be what is happening or are they just trying to confuse him. Liam Neeson can play this role with his eyes closed and deliver, he is just so fluid in the action scenes and convey concern and bewilderment with his voice and facial expressions throughout.
The Game Plan – When a couple goes to a convention overseas the unexpected happens when the husband is involved in a horrible accident and loses his memory. When he comes to after four day he finds that his wife doesn’t know who he is and he has to find a way to prove who he says he is.
Touchdowns – The mix of action with suspense really keeps you on the edge of your seat. Liam Neeson delivers in his performance with his unique voice to shows both concern and anger mixed in one. The Twists and turns the movie takes you on are something you never see coming.
Penalties – The PG-13 raiting causes the movie to tone down the action scenes which takes away from the overall experience I expected. The movie starts off a little slow and takes awhile to rev up.
The Game Winner / Fumble – The use of mixing two winning formulas from Taken and The Bourne movies works and the audience will enjoy the ride they are on and will keep them wondering how could this happen and will keep you guessing until the end. The main problem I had with the film was the PG-13 rating I understand the broader audience appeal but this is a movie that could have truly benefited from an R rating. The action scenes just seem short and could have been expanded with more detail with an R rating.
Game Summary – If you are a fan of Taken or the Bourne movie then you may enjoy this movie with the mixing of certain aspects from both film such as memory loss noticing things others don’t and a twists from Bourne movie and action scenes and overall feel from Taken. Also Liam Neeson delivers in another role with his raspy voice that just shows a wide range of emotions. Unknown will keep you on the edge of your seat after the first 20 minutes or so. Just sit back, enjoy and see if you can figure out all that is happening.