Imagine that you are in a horrible car accident and in a coma for four days. When you awaken, your identity has been completely erased. Nobody recognizes you, not even your husband or wife, and everything you once thought to be true is now in question. Are you crazy as everyone around you says or is something more sinister going on? This is exactly what Liam Neeson is trying to find out.
Neeson plays Dr. Martin Harris, or so he thought. While in Berlin for a medical conference, he gets in a car accident and ends up on the hospital. From then on, his identity has been taken over by another man (Aidan Quinn) and even his own wife doesn't know who he is. As he attempts to piece his memories together and get his life back, he must protect it as well because there are people who are out to kill him. Why? He doesn't know.
Part Borne Identity, part action thriller, Unknown starts off strong and has a great sense of mystery surrounding it. Unfortunately, as the film progresses and the bigger picture comes into view, it becomes a jumbled mess whose plot is borderline ridiculous. The story continues to add more and more layers onto Neeson's character to the point where it falls apart. Thankfully, because he's such a strong actor, he keeps the film from totally crashing.
Liam Neeson is a man who can do it all. He's a lover; he's a fighter; he's a badass. If you've seen any of his previous films, you know the type of role he plays, and he doesn't deviate far from it with Unknown. It's not a bad thing. He is joined by Diane Kruger who plays Gina, a woman who mistakenly gets caught up in this mess of a situation. While everything surrounding Dr. Harris is unfamiliar, she provides a sense of comfort and tranquility in an otherwise high intensity film.
Overall, Unknown's struggles ultimately lie with its plot. The acting is solid but the story isn't believable. Neeson fans will no doubt want to see the film in theaters, but as for the rest of us, a rental should prove satisfactory.