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Drama - Conspiracy, Uncategorized

Unknown (2011)


Duration 1h 53m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story A novel translated into English as “Out of my head” by Didier Van Cauwelaert
Director Jaume Collet-Serra
Writers/Script Oliver Butcher, Stephen Cornwell
Starring Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aiden Quinn, Bruno Ganz, Frank Langella,

Elavator Pitch: Dr Martin Harris (We’ll call him “Harris 1”) is attending a conference in Berlin with his wife. After arriving at their hotel he realises he has forgotten his briefcase at the airport and so without teliing her sets off in a taxi. The taxi crashes into a river, he is saved by the female driver who disappears, and after four days wakes up in hospital. Now he finds himself being pursued by people intent on doing him harm, and finds that he has been replaced in his life by another man (Harris 2). How can he survive, find out what is going on, and get his life back from the impostor?

Content: Really nothing to offend, unless you don’t like to see people drinking Champagne. The taxi crashes into the river. Harris 1 confronts Harris 2 a couple of times, and in the back streets of Berlin finds the taxi driver, and she reluctantly helps him. There are a couple of car chases and an increasing level of menace as the unknown villains close in on him. The climax involves the secret transfer of information and a bomb, so one explosion and some people die.

A View: This is Liam Neeson in his role as an action man, following on from “Taken” in 2008, and the A-Team in 2010. It was moderately well liked by the critics and made money on a moderate budget. The premise is ingenious and makes you want to know how it all pans out. I’m not telling you how it does, but if I did you might not bother to watch it. So why not select a more exciting Liam Neeson film anyway, ot watch this while doing something else and then read the plot synopsis afterwards.

Additional Info: There is a character of some importance, a Saudi prince, said by commentators to be as a result of the Kingdom’s “charm offensive”.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels



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