Since I’m paying for my movie tickets myself, I have a lot more wiggle room than real critics do when it comes to which movies I review. I usually try to pick a new one, but in cases where everything that’s coming out looks crappy, I’ll pick an older one rather than torture myself. That’s why I’m reviewing Unknown this week instead of Drive Angry or Hall Pass. To give you an idea of just how little I wanted to see these two films: I was not impressed by the trailer for Unknown either, and I only went because a friend offered to take me on her gift pass. At first glance, Unknown seems like just another excuse to engage Liam Neeson in fisticuffs:
A scientist suffers a head injury while visiting Berlin and wakes up to find that his life (and his wife) have been taken over by another man.
That’s the logline. Based on that alone, you might assume it was actually possible that he was crazy or in a coma or something from the head injury, but the trailer clears this up almost immediately by explaining that no, it’s really a conspiracy. I had assumed that having this fact revealed to me beforehand would ruin the movie, so I didn’t choose it last week. But I was wrong. Unknown turned out to be much better than I Am Number Four, so I’m glad I was coerced into going.