Blu-ray Review: UNKNOWN

J.C. De Leon

by: J.C. De Leon
June 21st, 2011

Liam Neeson is a badass, this fact cannot be argued, and if people weren’t aware of this, they figured it out if they saw TAKEN. UNKNOWN seems to be going after that market by placing Liam Neeson in a situation where all he can do is kick ass and maybe take some names in the process.

While attending a conference in Berlin with wife Liz (January Jones), Dr. Martin Harris is in the wrong cab at the wrong time and it accidentally flips into a river. Thanks to the quick thinking of the driver (Diane Kruger), his life is saved and he’s able to go back to a normal existence. The only problem is, his wife doesn’t know who he is, and there seems to be an imposter Dr. Martin Harris. UNKNOWN is very plot-heavy, and to say more would be spoiling a movie whose premise is based on the unknown.

The performances here are all pretty solid, Diane Kruger’s in particular. Liam Neeson does take an interesting turn when his character finally remembers who he is. From that point, the movie becomes a frantically paced actioner. Yet, overall it’s kind of a vanilla-flavored film that always seems to be holding back and doesn’t want to go as big or bad(ass) as it could.

What’s odd about this release is that it’s very close to bare bones, but the extras it does have aren’t the typical boring extras. It’s got two featurettes, but no trailers disguised as extras.

Official list of extras below:

Liam Neeson: Known Action Hero – Discover how the action star solidifies that action star status.

Unknown: What is known? – It plays like an electronic press kit that the viewer can look at profiling each character and going over the plot of the film.

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