After watching Unknown I most definitely have to agree with the review by Roger Ebert. I admit, just like the author, that I enjoyed parts of the film and was caught up in the plot at the beginning of the story. It was when I took a step back and really looked at the film that I began to have my doubts. The whole plot being based on Harris hitting his head and getting some sort of amnesia is a little far out there. In a way, it reminds me of many saturday morning cartoon shows. The best line Ebert uses is "it [the movie] pulled one too many rabbits out of its hat." The movies constant fight between wanting to be a thriller and an action movie made both sides of the film very weak. Overall it just was another Hollywood movie and wasn't to be taken very seriously.
Just like Ebert I think it's stupid for the baddie to tell the good guy what his plan it right before killing him. Because the good guy always wins in the movies and now he knows the plan. Way to go. I thought this movie tried to hard and "pulled one to many rabbits out of its hat." The movie had a sudden switch from a suspense movie to an action movie. There were just too many points in the movie where I thought to myself, "that should've killed him, or at least done more damage! He didn't even say ow!" All in all this was just another movie trying to hard to be a big hit.
I don’t fully agree with either of these two articles. The thing I have to admit is I really like this movie and I like its plot. The plot is compact, clear and interesting. The idea of this movie is really good and creative, it is not like those other normal spy movies, instead of that, it introduced the assassins’ life and plan in a very different way, which was way more interesting and attractive than other similar movies. In fact, I could never thought of the truth until the bad guy revealed it. This movie really caught my eyes and I like it very much. However, I still got confused about some of the details, meaning that I think some of the details were too farfetched. For example, how could they make a connection between a prince showing up on a biotechnology conference and an assassination plan? The prince will show up at the conference, and the so will the professor, but it does not mean the fake Dr. Martin will assassin them. Maybe the one who took another person’s identity is only trying to take something away from that person, it has nothing to do with an assassination group. It might seem reasonable in this movie, but it does not really make sense to me because the evidence they had was not enough, and it is too farfetched to connect these two points together.
I agree with Robert Ebert's review because it focuses on more of the main parts of the movie that were off. For example the leaving the bag at the airport. If the bag was that important I would make sure I grabbed the bag before the taxi even left. The movie also dipped a bit to much into the action side instead of focusing on the plot a bit more. The movie "Unknown" was an okay movie overall.
I lean more to the "negative" review by Roger Ebert, because he talks about good and bad sides of the movie and does not just praise it like the other review. Liam Neeson is definetely a good actor for this role, and he just has this depressed and sad face that always looks concerned. That is one of the points that why I got into the story and found it really interesting. The fact that he left this gigantic, important briefcase, seemed kind of unrealistic, but you can look over that. Also the stereotypical explaining of the whole situation by the bad guy perturbes the realistic story. I really liked the idea, but is has some logic flaws, which bother me a little bit. And the most important and disturbing thing is that the writers of the subtitles, could not seperate Turkish from German.
I like this movie. Is a good movie, but don't like there so many action in the movie, especial for and car scene. The scene is Martin and Gina drive a car and tries to escape from the killer, in this scene it show so many action, is make me thinks the two car are having a completion. And some of the fighting scenes make me think that the character is focus on killing other people. The reason I like this movie is I felt involved into the movie. I got confuse who is the real Martin, I do believe Martin (Liam Nesson) is the real one until the ending. I fell surprise at the ending I have no idea that both Martin is fake they are all impostor.
All the movie is good,but some details are not very clear.I like this movie plot.When I know our main character is a killer but not Dr.Martin Harris.And Liz also not his wife,everything is his wrong memory.I feel very surprised.And this movie action part is not so good,but the movie still is a good movie.And the movie also have some questions.There are two fake Martin Harris.But who is the truth Martin Harris.And if I am a secret assassins'organization,I kill a person must be some reason or who pay for this.But we don't know why this assassins'organization wants to kill this doctor.An assassins'organization never want this doctor's research findings.There must be someone give this assassins'organization money let them kill this doctor.But in movie we never saw this man.So who pay and want to kill doctor? There are many questions in this movie.But movie is movie not our lives. We don't need movie so close to truth.So I think this movie is a good movie I watched.
I would have to agree with Roger Ebert’s more critical review of the film. He probably expressed the problems with the movie more eloquently than I could. I feel like the writers had two scapegoats that allowed them to create such a weak plot: random chance, and the unexplainable nature of the human brains. Sure, the plot seemed believable enough, but not really plausible or all that interesting. As Ebert pointed out, would a trained assassin really leave his briefcase full of cash and fake passports behind? Would his cellphone really have no service in the middle of Berlin? And, finally, would a random cab driver who saves his life really be willing to endure everything with him? Sure, maybe it could all happen, but the shaky foundational points of the exposition aren’t prepared to support the rest of the (equally improbable) film. There were some parts that were got exciting and complex, but ultimately the movie ended up being pretty bland.
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