Entertaining, mostly. The story is one third Philip K. Dick and two thirds Hitchcock. Both masters are certainly superior to this, but solid acting and the cold, gritty looking Berlin as location make this worthwhile.
“Unknown” would have ticked me off because of all the clichés of an action movie, thus the presence of Liam Neeson beating the bad guys. In reality, I enjoyed this so much because I am a big fan. Though not very original, the plot wasn’t bad, and it’s pretty entertaining. Plus Diane Kruger's nifty Bosnian accent, was oddly bewitching.
This movie was marketed as and had everyone thinking that it was going be the next Taken, where Liam Neeson kills everyone Europe.
But this one has more twists and turns to the plot. However like Taken, Europe is portrayed as a place where one is vulnerable, because of language barriers and unfamiliarity, to theft of their own person and the only way to get it back is to use American determination and force.
mix up plots and settings of FRANTIC and NORTH by NORTHWEST with aesthetics and characters of TAKEN and you've got UNKNOWN>no wonder neeson doesn't know who he is! "am i in TAKEN or am i on UNKNOWN?!">it seems lyam is an action star nowadays and it suits him well enough>bruno ganz could spinoff on a BOYS FROM BRAZIL reimagining, seriously>january jones is pretty but dry as a bone here, as she's everywhere else>rent
Quite silly, it clearly rips off the Bourne films, but lacks their brilliant editing and camerawork. Liam Neeson is always good, and can make even the cheesiest dialogue work, but I do wonder why he doesn't put his talent to better use. The film is reasonably enjoyable, despite its cliches and flaws, but the ending twist doesn't convince.