Action Movies, by Ajay Singh, 03 March 2011

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Stars: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quin, Frank Langella, Bruno Ganz, Sebastian Koch, Stipe Erceg, Rainer Bock, Mido Hamada, Clint Dyer, Karl Markovics, Ava Lobau

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Based on the Diddier van Cauwelaert novel, Out of My Head, and directed by Jaume Collet-Sera, Unknown could just as easily have been based on any number of recent action/suspense films and offers few surprises. On second thought, the sight of Diane Kruger as a stylishly bedraggled taxi driver with remarkable underwater rescue skills is quite unexpected.

The story is fairly straightforward and predictable. Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson), arrives in Berlin for a conference with his wife Liz (January Jones), only to realize that he must rush back to the airport to look for his lost briefcase. Of course his taxi driver just happens to be the modelesque Diane Kruger (who tries so hard to be convincing despite her expensive make-up), and naturally a refrigerator crashes in their way sending them flying off a bridge. If Diane Kruger as a taxi driver wasn’t amusing enough, the Jason Bourne-style underwater rescue sequence definitely cements the effect.

At this point any fan of the action genre will assume that the venerable Dr. Martin will awake from his coma either with some degree of amnesia, or in a North Korean prison cell. In this case, it is amnesia. Or is it? Martin is convinced that he knows exactly who he is, but unfortunately, even his wife denies his identity. Not ready to give up, Martin teams up with Kruger’s attractive driver to dig up dark and horrible secrets involving coded messages and political assassinations. What follows is a series of fast-paced car chases, table crashing fight sequences, and shocking revelations all shot in the cool grayish-blue light that signals a “serious” action film.

Liam Neeson is reliably dignified and thoughtful, and very good at maintaining a sophisticated manliness while running away from thugs with guns. January Jones, as the potentially duplicitous wife, looks like she just walked off the set of Mad Men, complete with retro scarlet lipstick and immaculately glossy hair. Diane Kruger draws on her vast National Treasure experience for a host of tough-damsel-in-distress mannerisms. Unknown may not sparkle with wit and originality, but it is an entertaining and solidly made action film.

Unknown – Double Play (Blu-ray + DVD) (Blu-ray)
Actors: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Format: Blu-ray
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Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
Running Time: 113 minutes

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