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"Unknown" - {Blu-ray}
Reviewer:
Wayne Klein
Studio: Warner Brothers
Genre:
Drama
Release Date:
6/21/11
Special Features:

Two featurettes

Review:

This much IS known; Liam Neeson gives a terrific performance as confused biotechnology scientist Martin Harris who finds that someone has taken over his life when he is attending the Berlin biotechnology summit and not even his wife knows him. Based on a German bestseller "Unknown" is a clever thriller in the mold of something Hitchcock might have done in his prime. ***

How much you enjoy "Unknown" is related to how much you can suspend your disbelief. "Unknown" strays from realism about as far as you can in the thriller genre. That's not a bad thing but if you're a very literal person who NEEDS to have a story progress in a logical fashion or be like life you're not going to enjoy "Unknown". If that's the case, I'd suggest avoiding it because you'll find yourself nit-picking the film. ---

Image & Sound: The Blu-ray looks extremely good with a nice, sharp transfer. The cool color scheme of the theatrical version of the film is kept intact for this version. The lossless audio sounds terrific as well and is very active. ---

Special Features:

The only special features on this edition are two featurettes one of the making of the film that examines the premise and another on actor Liam Neeson who lately has become something of an action hero with this film and "Taken". The deluxe edition also features a DVD edition of the movie. It's a pity there are no deleted scenes and no commentary track as it would have been interesting to see what didn't fit into the movie and hear what it took to adapt a convoluted thriller like this into a sleek, stylish audience friendly thriller.

Final Words:

While it does share some elements of films like The Bourne Trilogy (The Bourne Identity / The Bourne Supremacy / The Bourne Ultimatum) (Slim Packaging) [Blu-ray] in terms of having twists and turns in its plot that are somewhat unexpected, it is a very different thriller having more in common with Shatteredor No Way Out. ***

"Unknown" is an enjoyable popcorn thriller.

 

 
 
 
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