Unknown [Blu-Ray] Jaume Collet-Serra

Unknown [Blu-Ray] Jaume Collet-Serra
Warner decided to exploit Liam Neeson's performance in Taken by giving him another European action vehicle to star in: this year's Unknown. Perfect for movie fans with ADD, Unknown doesn't waste any time, immediately throwing Mr. Neeson into the action by having his character, Dr. Martin Harris, experience a horrible car accident in a lake in Berlin. After he wakes up from a four-day coma, Martin discovers that nobody recognizes him, not even his wife (January Jones). To make matters worse, another man has taken his identity (Aidan Quinn) and nobody believes him other than the cab driver (Diane Kruger, with a horrible German accent) that saved his life in the car accident. While trying to solve the mystery, Martin starts to question his sanity and identity, while also dodging foreign henchmen. Unimpressive action choreography, car chase sequences and overacting ensue. Like 2010 sleeper hit Orphan, director Jaume Collet-Serra is able turn the tables on the cheesy B movie genre by incorporating a practical twist ending and expertly shot, suspenseful sequences that stay with the viewer far longer than they should. Unknown may ultimately be unmemorable, but it successfully delivers on everything the trailers promise, and then some. The Blu-Ray features are fairly lacking for this release. If you're really curious about the features, fans can waste ten minutes watching two behind-the-scenes features, entitled "Liam Neeson: Known Action Hero" and "Unknown: What is Known?" Both of these features showcase the same behind-the-scenes footage and mostly focus on the actors and crew praising Liam Neeson's performance in the film while also admitting their huge hard-ons for his role in Taken. (Warner)