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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

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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
Captions and subtitles English Details
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

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

68 of 73 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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99 of 108 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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By theone&only on 9 Sept. 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin Turner HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD
In Unknown, Liam Neeson's character arrives in Berlin as a biochemist with his beautiful wife for a conference. When he leaves his briefcase behind at the airport he has to return to collect it while she checks in at the hotel. But on the way he has a terrifying road accident which leaves him in a coma for four days. When he wakes up and tries to return to the conference, another man has taken his place and his wife denies that she knows him.

If this sounds almost exactly like the premise of the Harrison Ford film Frantic [1988], it's because it pretty much is. Although the details are changed, it plays on exactly the same fears as a professional man, used to having his word trusted, is separated from his wife in a foreign city and, when he finally catches up with her, she denies their relationship. At this point, Ford/Neeson doubts his own sanity, and we do too.

It's not just the similarity of plot -- Neeson is a shoe-in as the next Harrison Ford, playing stressed middle-aged professionals out of their depth in a world of violence.

Just as in Frantic, Neeson's character meets an attractive girl from the wrong end of the tracks who helps him, and is thus herself drawn into the terrifying, life threatening ordeal.

So far so ok -- the production values are better in this film, the scripting is tighter, and the action is swifter and more violent. But just when you are thinking that this really is just a remake, it seems to slip a gear, and suddenly we are in a world which is more or less the opposite of Frantic. This is because there's a hidden change in the premise which you don't discover until two-thirds of the way through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 July 2011
Format: DVD
Unknown starts out with Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) & his wife Elizabeth Harris (January Jones -Mad Men) travelling to Germany, Berlin (where the film is all set) to attend a Biotechnology Submit, Dr. Harris being an Bio-technologist himself. Everyhting is fine until they reach the Hotel, and Martin relaizes he has left his briefcase at the airport on a trolley & so quickly hails a taxi to rush back, but forgets to inform his wife. During this time the Taxi has an accident & falls off a City bridge into a river, where he is saved by the female Taxi driver Gina (Diane Kruger -Inglourious Basterds), but falls into a coma shortly after. After 4 days, groggy & his memory not so good, he tries to go back to his wife at the Hotel.

Now this is where it gets interesting. He returns to the Hotel but his wife denies she knows him, and to his shock there is another man,(Aidan Quinn -Legends of the Fall), with her claiming to be Dr. Martin Harris. Has he gone mad? totally lost his memory ? what the hell is going on ?! he phones his old friend of 15 years, Rodney Cole (Frank Langella -Frost/Nixon) , but cannot contact him. Eventually he starts to even doubt himself who he is, and under stress collapses & goes back to the Hospital. However, it's not long until he realizes there is more going on here than meets the eye.
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