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  • PG-13
  • 1h 53m
  • 2011
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Oscar® nominee Liam Neeson (Taken, Schindler's List) stars as Dr. Martin Harris, who awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife (Mad Men's January Jones) suddenly doesn't recognize him and another man (Aidan Quinn) has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired and on the run. Aided by an unlikely ally (National Treasure's Diane Kruger), Martin plunges headlong into a deadly mystery that will force him to question his sanity, his identity, and just how far he's willing to go to uncover the truth. Produced by Joel Silver (The Matrix films), this high concept, psychological action thriller is an action-packed cross between Taken and the Bourne Identity blockbusters.

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Critics Consensus: Liam Neeson elevates the proceedings considerably, but Unknown is ultimately too derivative -- and implausible -- to take advantage of its intriguing premise.
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Disappointing, often-violent thriller has one good twist.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that even though it has one great plot twist, Unknown will disappoint those who liked star Liam Neeson's last thriller, Taken. It has quite a lot of violence, mostly centered around big, brawling fistfights, car chases and crashes, and explosions. Brief flashback scenes show a married couple kissing and making love (no nudity). Language is infrequent (a couple of uses of "s--t" is the worst of it), and while the bad guys use an array of mysterious lethal/knockout drugs, there are no "real" drugs. Overall, the biggest problem is that it's slow and uninvolving, with a downer of a message ("you can't trust anyone") and a main character who isn't particularly sympathetic or admirable.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:February 18, 2011
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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