Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - August, 2011


"Unknown" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton



Liam Neeson plays Dr. Martin Harris, who awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife (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 (Diane Kruger), Harris plunges into a deadly mystery forcing him to question his sanity, his identity and just how far he’s willing to go to uncover the truth.


  • Warner Brothers
  • 2011, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 53 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Codec: MPEG-4
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Liam Neeson, January Jones, Diane Kruger
  • Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Yes


I loved Neeson in Taken, where as a frantic father searching for his abducted daughter, he became an unstoppable force of nature. I found this action flick to be bogged down with a leaded script and a slow to develop storyline. The ending seemed to be "duct taped" on and lacked originality or credibility. Action scenes were few and far between as well. Does anyone not know that Frank Langella is always the baddie? However, the appearance and acting of Bruno Ganz as a retired East German spy-turned-private investigator, Ernst Jurgen, is wonderful to watch. So although not a horrible movie, after seeing it, I felt I had seen all of this before.


Picture quality is top notch. Dark scenes are detailed and never murky. I saw no artifacts creep into the film, not even aliasing during the action sequences. Sound was also very good with clear dialog and the requisite booming explosions during the car chase scene. I only wished the movie had a more memorable soundtrack with more punch. The plot could have used more punch.


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