Unknown (2011) Starring: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aiden Quinn, Frank Langella. Director: Jaume Collet-Serra. Rating: PG-13
In Unknown Liam Neeson stars as Dr. Martin Harris, a brilliant microbiologist or biochemist, it’s never fully explained what he does, but since he has a big headshot on his company’s website, he must do something very important, because as we know only the most important people are featured prominently on websites.
Harris arrives in Berlin for a big biotech summit with his beautiful blonde wife Liz, played by beautiful blonde woman January Jones, whose complex method of acting involves staring blankly at people. But before he can belly up to the bar with the other bionerds, Harris nearly gets dead when his cab careens off of a bridge. Thanks to the quick thinking heroics of beautiful cabdriver Gina, played by beautiful woman Diane Kruger, Harris survives the accident, and because the cab sank into the river, he doesn’t have to pay the fare. I think that’s the law.
When Harris returns to his Hotel after a few days in a coma he finds the summit in full swing, nobody knows who he is, and his lovely wife staring blankly at some complete stranger (Aiden Quinn) who says he is Dr. Martin Harris!
Yes, Unknown is one of those suspense thrillers where the hero has to find out who he is and how he’s going to get his life back from the people who took it. The same thing happened to a friend of mine, but in his case he was a grad student in Rhode Island.
Harris tracks down the beautiful cabbie Gina who doesn’t want to get involved, but when scary guys in black SUVs destroy her crappy apartment (she’s never getting her deposit back) and try to kill her she decides to help the handsome Doctor find out just exactly what’s the dillio.
There’s lots of intrigue and mystery in Unknown, and the usual plot twist at the end of these types of movies that to mention right now would ruin the whole movie for you. Let’s just say the ending involves an Arab billionaire, a world changing scientific breakthrough, a team of covert assassins who make scale models of the places they’re going to infiltrate, and Frank Langella, whose deep buttery smooth voice is worth the price of the rental alone.
Final thought on Unknown: Those intricate scale models covert assassins use to plan a job; do they shop those out to a designer/modelmaker, or do they have a guy in house?