Liam Neeson is making a name for himself as an action hero. Taken, Clash of the Titans, The A-Team and now Unknown have made the actor who is closing in on 60 years of age a legitimate action star. Rumour has it that Neeson will also be appearing in The Dark Knight Rises as Ra's al Ghul. Neeson dominates the screen even in the presence of this drop dead gorgeous costar January Jones (Mad Men, X-Men First Class).
Unknown is a solid action movie with a simple premise: What if you woke up and discovered that you had been replaced in your own life by an imposter whom everyone including your wife believes to be the real McCoy? What would you do? How would you handle it?
Unknown takes place in Berlin which contributes in part to the general Bourne Supremacy feel of the movie. The set up for Unknown is superb. Everything that happens in the first half hour of Unknown is seamless and very well done what happens after that gets a little messy. While generally speaking this is not a horrible movie it requires a more willing suspension of disbelief than is normally required because you don't quite buy it all. It isn't the acting that bogs things down it is really down to the script and the improbable plot which has holes in it big enough to drive a truck through. While Neeson does a good job as the action hero aided by former Stazi agent Ernst Jurgen who is played to perfection by Bruno Ganz the writing does not give the support or structure needed to make a great movie. This is a good second movie rental or a rainy Sunday movie but beyond that it is unlikely to make it into anyone's permanent collection.