Flash Movie Review: Unknown

In a single moment’s time, the calm road one has been walking on can turn into an icy precipice; causing a slide into stark confusion. I stopped at the health club to pick up some paperwork on my way to teaching a class at another fitness center. It was a cold winter morning where during the night a layer of thick new snow had covered the ground. Returning to my car, I reached into my coat pocket to get my car keys but they were gone. I had the keys when I locked the car a few minutes ago. Panic began to course through my veins as my mind crashed into several possibilities on where my keys could be. With each passed second landing heavily on my shoulders I retraced my footsteps; looking for the imprint of the bottom of my boots in the snow. Halfway to the club’s front doors a discoloration in the snow caught my eye. Tucked into the snow like a priceless gem in a white velvet jewel box were my car keys. All of the confusion spiraling in my mind fell to the floor of my brain with a thud as reality started to seep back into me once again. Where I panicked over my lost car keys; imagine what Dr. Martin Harris, played by Liam Neeson (The Grey, Taken franchise), must have felt when he thought he was losing his mind. Waking up in Berlin from a coma due to an accident; Martin discovered the woman he thought was his wife Elizabeth, played by January Jones (Pirate Radio, Mad Men-TV), had no idea who he was since she had never seen him before. Adding to the confusion, Elizabeth was already married to a Dr. Martin Harris, played by Aidan Quinn (Legends of the Fall, The Missing). This action mystery movie was a fun mental diversion for me. Even with its improbabilities and convenient coincidences I enjoyed the story’s twists and surprises. Liam was very good in this role as were Diane Kruger (Inhale, Troy) as taxi driver Gina and Bruno Ganz (Downfall, Eternity and a Day) as former Stasi agent Ernst Jurgen. The directing kept the story going at a fast clip, helped with some good editing. There was no confusion on my part in watching this thrilling movie. I knew I wanted to see an entertaining film that would enable me to mentally escape for a couple of hours and I got it. A couple of brief scenes that showed blood.

 

2 2/3 stars — DVD

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Posted on September 21, 2013, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I just saw this movie TO)DAY on Showtime, I think.

  2. Hi… Can you e mail me a review of Blu Jasmine? Omtatjuan1@yahoo.com

    • The email function happens automatically to those who entered their email address to follow. I am afraid I do not know a way to email you the Blue Jasmine review. However, if you use the search function on my site, typing in Flash Movie Review: Blue Jasmine it should pop up for you. Thank you for stopping by.

  3. This was nice! Do not read after this cause it contains spoilers: A “Total recall” (unaware of mistaken identity-putting the killer closer to the target), meets “The Fugitive” & “Frantic” that goes hand in hand with “The Bourne identity”. And a bit of Taken in the mix. But while a planted memory in a sci-fi film is acceptable, the partial loss of memory and change of conscience in the real world doesn’t actually work this way. And the same goes for reflexes. Drives like a pro, but only until he remembers the whole story he regains his fighting abilities! Too bad Bruno Ganz is added only to extend the mystery, just a bit and add some flesh to the strong (I have to admit) skeleton of the movie. His class as an actor goes wasted in a sub -sub filler plot. I hate to admit it, but although it is very well edited, it focuses on action scenes mainly and only in a few instances we see some good scenes. Ganz’s lines and the taxi company owner scenes contain some elements that interest and attract a European, along with the center theme-the patent free use of modified seeds, (which is obscured for scenario purposes) but the rest of the film is lost in well directed action. I have the feeling that some people are under the impression that by directing an action film in Europe (an ever growing trend) it gives them the credential of a European film. But, as I am too strict, as I have said this is a nice film for a Saturday evening at home.

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