Me and My Nine Iron

February 23, 2011

Unknown review

Filed under: Movie reviews — BJ @ 2:54 pm

It’s been over five weeks since I watched a movie in the theater, but I’m back on the horse.

Before I went to go see this, I wavered on whether it would be good. It seemed like the same ass-kicking role Liam Neeson played in Taken, an awesome movie, but fans don’t want to see an actor take on the same role so soon after. Got that, Denzel? But I was convinced this story, based on a 2003 French novel, was better than the now-trite story of a vengeful man out to kill everyone involved in his loved one’s death.

It’s a thriller about what happens when a man wakes up and finds his wife feigning that she doesn’t know him and another man having all the documents to prove that he’s you. It’s truly horrifying to know that it can possibly be done in real life if someone really wanted to.

As you can expect, there’s a great twist at the end, and it’s really another excellent performance by Neeson of a desperate man searching for proof of his identity and then his sanity while stuck on foreign soil. Better than Taken, the type of movie where everything falls into your lap; the reason I don’t think so highly of How to Train Your Dragon. You’ll see Neeson next as the tattoo man in The Hangover Part II in May, a role that Mel Gibson was rumored to have.

Also starring the native Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds) as the innocent taxi driver caught up in the mix and the beautiful January Jones (Mad Men) as his wife.

I agree with Richard Roeper‘s review: a B+, reflecting “At times, Unknown stretches plausibility to the near breaking point, but it’s so well paced and the performances are so strong and most of the questions are ultimately answered. This is a very solid thriller.”

Rating: 5 stars out of 5




  1. Hahah, really? I didn’t have a problem with her or even notice it. Are you sure it wasn’t the cover that fooled you?

    Comment by Bryan — February 23, 2011 @ 9:09 pm | Reply

  2. I liked it but thought it was worse than Taken, possibly because I didn’t expect much when I saw Taken and was blown away. I can’t believe this wasn’t mentioned in your review, but January Jones? Good god. so bad. good-looking, yes, but her performance was so… amateurish.

    Comment by Dan — February 23, 2011 @ 4:12 pm | Reply

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