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Unknown (2011)

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A man awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one, (not even his wife), believes him. With the help of a young woman, he sets out to prove who he is.

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Storyline

A biochemist and his dishy wife arrive in Berlin for a conference at which a scientist and his controversial Arab funder will announce breakthrough research. While his wife checks into the hotel, he grabs a cab to return to the airport for his briefcase, left at the curb. En route, an auto accident puts him in a coma, from which he awakes four days later without identification and with gaps in his memory. He goes to the hotel: his wife refuses to recognize him and another man has claimed his identity. With help from a nurse, the cab driver, a retired Stasi agent, and an academic friend, he tries to unravel what's going on. Is the answer in the briefcase? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Take back your life.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 February 2011 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,856,389, 20 February 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$63,686,397

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$136,123,083
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film takes place in November 2011, nine months after it was released in most markets. See more »

Goofs

During the Flashback where Rodney Cole takes photographs of Martin and Elisabeth Harris for their married personas, the Canon 7D he uses appears mirrored. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pilot's Voice: Ladies and gentlemen, we're beginning our descent into Berlin Tegel, where local time is 8:30 AM, and the temperature is a cool minus four degrees.
Dr. Martin Harris: Morning.
Elizabeth Harris: Did you sleep?
Dr. Martin Harris: No. I'll sleep at the hotel.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are shown as clouds being viewed from an airplane blow past... not so crazy, except that it actually makes one of the credits unreadable. See more »

Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.1 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Tchiribim
Performed by Watcha Clan
Written by Clement Queysanne & Karine Kallahoun (SACEM)
Courtesy of Songs for Film & TV obo Piranha Musik
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An elegant thriller, with several unpredictable twists
16 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

This century has seen Liam Neeson in real leading roles, when his character "permeates" the whole movie and is strong and quick-witted. Taken 1 and 2 are best known, Unknown has - for some reason or another - remained in their shadow. In my opinion, the script of the latter is much stronger, has more twists-turns and unpredictable moments - me being a fan and active viewer of crime thrillers could not guess what kind of background could Neeson's character Dr. Martin Harris really have. Sequence of the events is logical and chases are visually enjoyable. The ending in general is predictable, apart from the very last scene.

Well, all the cast is excellent, not only Liam Neeson; Diane Kruger and Bruno Ganz are the supporting actors more time on screen and they are really good. In short, Unknown is really worth watching - especially if you have not read spoilers :)


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