Friday, February 25, 2011
I didn't forget everything. I remember how to kill you, asshole.
Liam Neeson has always been one of my favorite actors. Whether or not the movie is good, he always seems to give 110% and somehow even makes the stupidest or cheesiest lines sound Oscar worthy. And while he still does the occasional drama, when he's not doing the voice of an allegorical Jesus lion he seems to be doing action movie after action movie. Whether it's the A-Team, Next Three Days, Taken or his latest release Unknown, Neeson has reinvented himself as a bit of an action hero, something great for those Darkman fans out there like myself. And while Unknown is not his best action movie, it certainly is entertaining from start to finish.
He wakes up four days later and immediately goes back to the hotel to see if Liz is alright. Security has no idea who he is, and worse yet Liz has no idea who he is and is apparently married to the "real" Dr. Martin Harris. This freaks Martin out and he tries to call a colleague of his, Dr. Cole (Frank Langella) who could help verify his identity, but sadly he does not answer. When things seem to get even more twisted, family photos/website info/identification papers all featuring this other Martin Harris, Martin tries to figure out what's going on and get to the bottom of this whole situation. It probably doesn't help that there are assassins trying to kill him either.
The acting is a mixed bag, but Liam is so good and is the focus of the whole thing so you tend not to notice some of the more mediocre performances. Diane Kruger is good but can be sometimes really hard to understand. Granted that's probably how it should be, but you do have to lean in a few times to understand her. January Jones does nothing for me, as an actress and in this movie, mostly staring blankly off into the distance. The only time you really see emotion is in the numerous repetitive flashbacks that Martin sees and those are brief cuts. Aidan Quinn, who plays Martin 2, also does nothing the whole movie (or at least until the last 10 minutes) and delivers his lines very monotone. On a positive note, Bruno Ganz, best known for being the Hitler in all the YouTube spoof videos, is fantastic but is a little underused. Same goes for Langella when he does show up later in the movie.
MY VERDICT: SEE IT