UNKNOWN Review 「アンノウン」

Starring: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Frank Langella

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax, Goal 2)

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

On my way back from a recent trip to Hawaii, I realized that I had several options of movies to watch on the airplane. From the summary in the in-flight magazine, this movie seemed to have an interesting plot and I decided that it would be a good way to spend part of my 7 hours in the air. Was it a good choice? Find out–>

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Story: “Unknown” stars Liam Neeson as a prestigious science professor who is in Germany to give an important presentation at a conference. After suffering a car accident, he wakes up to discover that he has been in a coma for four days and has lost part of his memory. In addition, no one, including his wife, seems to recognize him.

The plot sounds interesting, doesn’t it? Well, the beginning of the movie created an atmosphere of mystery and concern for the main character. However, as the movie dragged on, I started to lose interest in Liam Neeson’s character as well as the whole movie itself. In other words, the movie turned into a pretty standard suspense film without much payoff.

Liam Neeson, who I think is a very good actor, does nicely in the lead role but not outstanding. Diane Kruger plays a taxi driver who helps Liam solve the mystery of his identity and also does a nice job. There was also nothing special in terms of directing.

The main problem with this movie is that it just remains average throughout and never establishes itself as a unique film. When I finished the movie, I felt that the overall story was quite simple despite a lot of complicated details to the plot. Simply put, we’ve seen this story done many times before and done much better before.

To sum up, if you’re looking for a standard suspense thriller, you might find this interesting. However, don’t expect this to win any Academy Awards for originality.

Score: 5/10

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Vocabulary for Study:

  • in-flight magazine
  • plot
  • prestigious
  • coma
  • atmosphere
  • to drag on
  • payoff
  • lead role
  • throughout
  • to sum up
  • originality


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