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5.5/10... Full review coming soon.

Unknown (2006)

Since I first saw the trailer for this movie back in November (by then it was already out of theaters) I had wanted to see this. It was only in limited release and not in theaters more than a week or two. It just looked really interesting and for a low budget flick, it had a pretty solid cast. A lot of people compare this as a mix between Mindhunters and Saw. I can see the comparisons but this movie is very different. I thought it was a pretty good movie that didn't exceed my expectations but didn't disappoint either.
Unknown Review

Rating: 6.0/10
Rated: R
Starring: Jim Caviezel, Greg Kinnear, Barry Pepper, Jeremy Sisto, and Joe Pantoliano
Genre: Thriller/Drama
My Grade: C+

"Unknown" is a little-known film that has a powerhouse cast and one of the most brilliant plots I have seen in cinema for the past few years, but its not made to its highest potential. "Unknown" is alot like the films "Memento" and "The Usual Suspects" and the film knows it because on the back of the cover it basically thanks them for some ideas. That aside, it is an incredibly ingenious plot and I'm ALWAYS a fan of who-dunits... that are done right, of course. At the beginning, you are glued to the screen because the suspense is at an all-time high... there is an "unknown" factor that fills your head, you don't know what's coming and thats what is so exciting about it. But, one by one as the people wake up in the warehouse who's minds have been erased and they race against the clock to find out who the kidnappers and hostages really are, the suspense unfortunately dies down.


Next Review: Trust the Man


Well acted and easy to watch . Worth the hour and 25 minutes
fun to watch but stupid


will write soon
Directed by Simon Brand
Starring James Caviezel, Greg Kinnear, Bridget Moynahan, Joe Pantoliano, Barry Pepper, Jeremy Sisto, Peter Stormare

"Unknown" combines major plot elements of movie trailers and gives pittance to the contributions of its respectable actors notably Jim Caviezel's unconvincing central character. And what is Greg Kinnear doing in a movie like this anyway? The story: five men wake up in an impossibly secured desert warehouse with their memories erased and try to figure out who are the good guys and who are the bad. Editing is weak-the movie needs a good dose of suspense. Flashbacks are compromising, furthered by needless twists.
Best Scene: Waking up.
Five men wake up in a warehouse with no way out, have no idea who they are, and why they are there. They soon discover that three of them are kidnappers and two of them are the kidnapped but with everyone's memory temporarily lost no one know's who's who.

This is a great set up, and Unknown is well directed and has a great cast including Greg Kinnear and Jim Caviezal, and in the end it's a pretty memorable film.
UNKNOWN has a cast of notable if not A-list actors: Jim Caviezel, Greg Kinnear, Bridget Moynahan, Barry Pepper, Joe Pantoliano, Jeremy Sisto, and Peter Stormare. This cast comes together in a plot shooting for the ever coveted claim to being "high concept" (inventive and original): Five men wake up in a locked-down warehouse with no memory of who they are. They must figure out who is good and who is bad in order to survive.

This film was not a wide release and probably darted into the movie stores under the radar of most film buffs. If one were wishing to rent UNKNOWN they would probably have to search Blockbuster because the chain gained exclusive rights to the rental. However, I wouldn't rush to find it any time soon.

Director Simon Brand does a fine job with the material as far as looks and such go. It is in the story concept itself that things become muddled. The plot centers around amnesia and in this case the forgetfulness is a chemical induced one that really takes a stretch of imagination for the viewer to accept. "Let it ride and see where things go for the sake of entertainment.", I said to myself.

The "ride" takes the viewer on a series of twists and turns that are not completely predictable, but close enough. Your subconscious seems to pick up on what is going to happen right before it does even if you don't realize it and when the impact comes you are not so surprised. Maybe I just discovered the directors flaw then? Lack of any real story has this film depending on these twists and after so many you just don't care anymore; good guys are bad, bad guys are good, but no then they are bad and good again and what? Why? Why IS the what...as in why did I bother renting this? What a waste of 96 minutes.

Unknown will be an Unknown film to many, but hopefully some folks who rent at Blockbuster will come across reviews like this one and choose their rentals wisely. They are trying to sell a "high concept" plot with this one and I just don't think anyone should buy it. It is tricky to pull off something interesting with amnesia and a person can get a better fix from a film like MEMENTO.