By: Lawrence Foster
Rating: 5 out of 10
There are certain actors or actresses that will forever be linked to a specific type of film. Jim Carrey with comedy. Bruce Willis with action flicks. Somewhere along the line, Liam Neeson has become a bad-ass action hero. Unlike with Carrey and Willis, I just don’t buy Neeson as that type of actor. Neeson’s most recent flick, Unknown, finds Neeson in a very familiar role.
Neeson plays Dr. Martin Harris who is in Berlin for a conference with his wife Liz Harris (played by January Jones). Martin forgets his important briefcase at the airport and on his way back to get it, he is involved in a car crash with taxi driver Gina (Diane Kruger) and he winds up in a coma. He wakes up four days later and soon finds out that his wife has no idea who he is and an imposter (Aidan Quinn) has stepped into his shoes.
To recover his identity, Martin seeks the help of Gina and former Stasi agent Jorgen (Bruno Ganz).
I was a big fan of Taken, and having watched the trailers for Unknown, I was anticipating a film that was at minimum on par with Taken. I was disappointed.
While Taken was pretty far-fetched, I was still able to believe the plot. With Unknown, the plot and the big twist were just to unrealistic to be bought. I won’t go into the twist, but once you see it, you’ll understand.
Aside from the plot and twist, Neeson’s performance was my least favorite aspect of the movie. Really, he doesn’t do anything horribly wrong or bad, he is just unbelievable to me in these types of rolls.
How we as moviegoers have made him into an action hero is beyond me, but it is a mistake we have to correct. Unknown does have its bright spots. The scene with the car accident was well done and Ganz serves as a scene stealer. If you like Neeson in this type of roll and can believe he truly is a bad-ass action hero, then Unknown is for you. For those like me, however, who don’t’ buy the roll, steer clear of Unknown.