All-ac­tion thrills with sting in tail

UN­KNOWN (12A)

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - Big Screen - Da­mon Smith

Liam Nee­son, Diane Kruger, Jan­uary Jones, Ai­dan Quinn, Bruno Ganz, Se­bas­tian Koch.

UN­KNOWN wraps a sim­ple premise in lay­ers of de­ceit, hop­ing to con­vince us that this is a tricky co­nun­drum with a de­li­cious sting in the tail. Au­di­ences will prob­a­bly guess the twist well be­fore that but it’s of lit­tle con­se­quence as the in­trigue is punc­tu­ated with some well-or­ches­trated set pieces. Dr Martin Har­ris (Nee­son) trav­els to Ber­lin with his beau­ti­ful wife El­iz­a­beth (Jones) to at­tend a biotech con­fer­ence. There is a freak ac­ci­dent and Martin slips into a coma, wak­ing four days later in hos­pi­tal with frac­tured mem­o­ries. Dis­charg­ing him­self from hos­pi­tal, he finds his wife ... ex­cept Liz doesn’t recog­nise him and an­other man (Quinn) with the same name is on her arm. Martin con­tacts for­mer Stasi of­fi­cer Ernst Jur­gen (Ganz) to help prove his iden­tity. Un­known is an en­ter­tain­ing mys­tery, punc­tu­ated by some ter­rific ac­tion se­quences, in­clud­ing a crunch­ing car chase, cul­mi­nat­ing in a py­rotech­nic-laden fi­nale.

COMA: Liam Nee­son has to prove his iden­tity.

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