DVD Review: UNKNOWN

reviewer Dexter Kong
Rated: 15 (UK)
Release Date: 18th July 2011
DrectorJaume Collet-Serra
CastLiam NeesonDiane Kruger , January Jones,Aidan QuinnFrank Langella

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Unknown, is pretty much the Friendster to the Bourne series’s Facebook. By this I mean, while essentially being the exact same thing, it is somewhat redundant.In the beginning, I genuinely found it quite promising as a thriller. There are nice Hitchcockian moments of paranoia from Liam Neeson’s character, that formed a sinister undertone which I found to be engaging. But, as the plot unravels, the film’s content just felt more watered down and devolved to a rather bland, almost rose coloured fairytale ending.

The pairing of Neeson and January Jones as a couple, I found to be quite unbelievable from the offset. This most probably soured a reveal moment for me and lead to possibly one of the most awkward shower sex scenes in a movie. Neeson felt like his typical self and did not really deliver much enthusiasm to the role, the same can be said for the aloof January Jones.

It is unfortunate because there is potential here. On the surface Unknown wants to be a smart thriller, but in essence felt as if they took an interesting concept and attached it to an 80’s action script. Although, if I pitched it as “The Third Man meets True Lies”, you would probably be sold on it.

  • Unknown: The Story
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Liam Neeson: Known Action Hero
  • Interviews with
  • Liam Neeson
  • Diane Kruger
  • January Jones
  • Director Jaume Collet-Serra
  • Producer Joel Silva
  • Producer Leonard Goldberg
Movie Rating  2.5/5
Extra’s Rating 3/5

Overall Rating: 3/5

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The founder of The People's Movies, started the site 20th November 2008.The site has excelled past all expectations with many only giving the site months and it's still going strong. A lover of French Thrillers, Post Apocalyptic films, Asian cinema. 2009 started Cinehouse to start his 'cinema education' learning their is life outside mainstream cinema. Outside of film, love to travel with Sorrento, Guangzhou and Manchester all favourite destinations.Musically loves David Bowie, Fishbone, Radiohead.