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Unknown (3 stars)

Mistaken identity thriller starring Liam Neeson, January Jones and Diane Kruger

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Unknown

(12A) 113min

Liam Neeson has had a career revival as the star of mid-budget action thrillers in which he growls his way through various preposterous situations, while remaining muscularly watchable.

Though comparable to his reactionary turn in 2008’s Taken, Unknown is more The Return of Martin Guerre meets Memento. The Irish star plays Dr Martin Harris a biotech scientist in Berlin to attend a conference accompanied by his wife, played by Mad Men’s January Jones. Things go awry when the good doctor leaves his briefcase at the airport. Director Jaume Collet-Serra showed, with his House of Wax remake (starring Paris Hilton), that he can make the best out of the preposterous and plenty of suspension of belief is required when Harris is whizzed to the airport in a taxi driven by a beautiful Bosnian immigrant Gina (Diane Kruger).

One car crash later and Harris is in a coma for four days, his identity has been stolen and no one believes that he is the man he purports to be. Luckily Gina is on hand and the duo kick ass in a thriller where the Berlin location is pivotal to the mystery.

General release from Fri 4 Mar. See Diane Kruger interview at www.list.co.uk.

Unknown

  • 3 stars
  • 2011
  • UK/Germany/France/Canda/Japan/US
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra
  • Cast: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn, Frank Langella

Neeson plays a biotech scientist in Berlin set to attend a conference, but things go awry when the good doctor leaves his briefcase at the airport. One car crash later and he's in a coma, his identity stolen and no one believes that he is the man he purports to be. Director Collet-Serra makes the best of the preposterous…

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