MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: +2

Liam Neeson, January Jones, Diane Kruger, Bruno Ganz. Suspense thriller. Written by Karl Gajdusek. Directed by James Collet-Serra.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Scientist Dr. Martin Harris awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife doesn't recognize him and another man has assumed his identity. Together with an illegal cab driver (never saw one like this), Martin eludes thugs bent on his demise in order to find the answer to this Twilight Zone-like mystery.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Liam Neeson has shown proficiency with action adventures of late (Taken, The A-Team, now Unknown). He can beat up the baddies with the best of them and outdrive the rest of us as if heíd taken lessons from (name the racecar driver of your choice). Whatís more, the Academy Award worthy thespian (he should have won for Schindlerís List) is such a fine convincer, he aids in our suspension of disbelief. For instance, nothing, including explosions, public brawls, endless car chases and lots of gunfire, seems to alert the Berlin police Ė this is a testament to an actorís ability to absorb audiences despite the absurdity of a Hollywood contrivance. In one scene, heís in the shower, when suddenly he hears a thug causing havoc in the living room. Next shot taking place mere seconds later, heís hanging from the side of the roof, fully clothed, including shoes and socks. Heís not only a quick learner, heís also a very quick dresser. But itís Liam Neeson, so we believe it could be done.

The difference between a great suspense thriller and a poor one is the plausibility factor. After multiple showings of an Alfred Hitchcock thriller one can find an inconsistency or two, while films such as Unknown leave themselves wide open for credibility inspection during the first showing.

If you like car chases and other action adventure elements (people killed by crashes, explosions and hitmen shooting, stabbing and breaking necks), and who doesnít, then you may find Unknown an enjoyable passage of time.

Better espionage: Mirage. Gregory Peck stars in this Hitchcock thriller about an amnesia victim who finds everyone out to get him. Walter Matthau is a scene-stealer as a laidback private eye.

Foreign Correspondent. Old, but a superb Hitchcock thriller with Joel McCrea as a spy up against very bad guys.

Arabesque. Gregory Peck and a very beautiful Sophia Loren in fun espionage escapism.

Or watch any number of Twilight Zone episodes.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Warner Bros.

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: One crude sexual comment

Obscene Language: Around five obscenities and a couple of minor expletives.

Profanity: One profane use of Godís name and three of Christís.

Violence: There are several jolting car accidents and people meet the Grim Reaper through varies means including shootings, stabbings, and other assorted demises. A person gets her neck broken and a man commits suicide. Blood: Some blood, but not much, evidently to maintain the PG-13 rating, rather than receiving an R.

Sex: A sex scene in a shower Ė it is brief and no nudity.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Social drinking.

Other: None

Running Time: 102 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and up.

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