Unknown 2011

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(271) IMDb 6.9/10
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Martin wakes up after a car accident to find his wife doesn't recognise him and that another man has taken his identity. Ignored by the authorities and hunted by assassins, he finds himself alone and on the run. Helped by a young woman he plunges into a deadly mystery that forces him to question his sanity.

Starring:
Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger
Runtime:
1 hour 52 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Action & Adventure
Director Jaume Collet-Serra, Simon Brand
Starring Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger
Supporting actors January Jones, Frank Langella, Aidan Quinn, Bruno Ganz
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By theone&only on 9 Sep 2011
Format: DVD
What is it with Liam Neeson these days? We had Batman Begins, Taken, A-Team - all great films. Now we have Unknown. Personally I'm not sure where the Taken comparisons come from. Ok, at its heart its a revenge movie but where our hero in Taken was an unstoppable force of vendetta filled, single minded power, here things are little more complicated.
Dr Martin Harris (Neeson) has to piece together his missing life in order to get his wife back. The action involved is more about his survival than his bloodthirsty vengeance as we see him try to overcome his difficulties in order to solve the mystery. He is aided by a young woman he meets on his adventure, set in Berlin, so this movie has more in common with Harrison Ford's 'Frantic' (remember that one?) than with Taken.
Things heat up later on in the film with an excellent plot twist that changes the game and I did not see coming (although there are a couple of clues if you look carefully).
Its slower pace help to build the characters and tension and the addition of Herr Jurgen the ex-spy help do this tremendously. I highly recommend this film as a solid, action filled mystery thriller.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Mr Kandes on 20 Jun 2011
Format: DVD
This action/thriller/mystery is a little far fetched to say the least but great fun non the less. Similar to {Taken 2008 also starring Neeson which is excellent} in many ways with the theme that anything can happen to a unassuming American "with a bad accent" in Europe" The action isn't amazing but decent enough with the main credit being drawn from the twist towards the end I won't give to much away but i found it more original than most movies I seen recently. I will say the one major unfeasible point is that after a bump on the head and short team memory loss Neeson's character had acquired a set of morals and desire to destroy his former friends colleagues. I finish by recommending this flick to those who liked taken or an action film with some thought put into the storyline however unlikely it maybe i was entertained throughout.
For a better action film set in Europe go watch Bourne for a better mystery thriller with misplaced character go watch shutter Island. If you like both of those titles I think you should find this movie more than watchable.
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94 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Cb1306 on 28 May 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I must admit i approached this film with geat anticipation after the revelation of Liam Neeson's ass-kicking ability displayed in the excellent Taken.
And although big Liam holds top billing in both that is where the similarities end. That doesn't mean this is a bad film because its not, it has however been done before.
Man and wife check into a Berlin hotel for a science summit, man realises he has left a briefcase at the airport and jumps in a taxi to retrieve it. Taxi crashes, man wakes in hospital with partial amnesia, returns to the hotel to find wife with another man claiming to be her husband. So begins the game of cat & mouse.
The story is good, performances are too and the action is done very well once it starts but the story is reminiscent of films like Timebomb with Michael Biehn & more recently The Long Kiss Goodnight.
One to try before you buy.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By The Truth TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Mar 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Unknown was always going to draw comparisons with Taken, and in my opinion, unfairly; because although they share the same lead actor, the similarities end there.

In fact, the two films couldn't be more different.

Taken was an OK film in my opinion. I'd give it three stars. I found it pretty flat to be honest. The story line was boring and the action, although there was plenty of it, couldn't have been more run of the mill.

Taken is the exact polar opposite of Unknown.

Where Taken's story line was boring and simplistic, Unknown's was riveting. It was slow to build where as taken was in your face; and 'slowly' draws you in and keeps you guessing. I found myself very engaged in it.

And whereas Taken's action was non stop but mediocre, I found Unknown's to be sparse (at first) and very exciting when things boiled over.

I'm surprised by some of the harsh reviews for this film - but then reading some of them, I see that people either didn't watch the film to the end or are fans of Taken. Well, I'm sorry, but you can't comment on a plot until you know the twist and see the big picture, and if all you want is action, action, action and can't enjoy anything else you're a bit of a moron.

Unknown is an excellent espionage thriller, and I thought it worked very well. You might guess one of the twists by about a third of the way through, but you'll never see the whole 'big picture' right until the end. And isn't that just how films are meant to be...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dave B on 14 Dec 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a very watchable film that keeps you guessing with its unusual plot.Great storyline and with Liam Neeson in it...well,need I say more.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By chrys123 on 28 Mar 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
wow! amazing! I originally watched this film at the cinema and just had to buy the DVD afterwards! Its true- 'fans of Taken are gonna love this'. I did. Its one of those movies that you only fully understand at the end but it just makes it more exciting throughout watching it as you cant guess whats going to happen! One of my favorite films by far- Amazing price on amazon. Well worth the watch!
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