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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

Flash Movie Review: Vitus

What do you think happens to a child when a parent/authority figure tries to force their dreams upon him/her? Imagine the possibilities that could unfold for that child. For me, an elementary school teacher told me to “forget it, you will amount to nothing,” when I told her what I wanted to be when I grew up. It altered the course of my life, until I found my way back, to what I loved. And this is why I felt connected to this movie and think you will, too. Vitus was a gifted child. At a young age, his parents decided he would become a great pianist. But was that what Vitus wanted to do; for he really was just a little boy. Teo Gheorghiu, who at the age of 15 made his Japan debut with the Tokyo New City orchestra, was perfect as the 12 year old Vitus. His grandfather, played by Bruno Ganz (Downfall, Unknown), was the only one who would provide his grandson a place of comfort. I feel this movie will resonate inside many viewers; it certainly struck a chord inside my heart. Swiss German with English subtitles.

 

3 1/3 stars — DVD

 

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