I’ve long been a Liam Neeson fan, but it was his 2008 movie TAKEN that moved him into Stud Muffin’s viewfinder. We both thought TAKEN was outstanding and although TAKEN 2 didn’t quite measure up, it was still pretty good. Except for the whole narrowing down the location with explosions thing. I didn’t buy that at all.
Anyway, I read good reviews for UNKNOWN, Neeson’s 2011 release, and it finally popped to the top of our Netflix queue earlier this week.
It had all the elements we love in a Liam Neeson action adventure:
A layered plot
A clear objective
It’s hard to really critique this one without spoiling the twists along the way.
But I’ll try.
The major twist involved
a character a circumstance an assassination a killer who …
Nope, can’t do it.
So, I’ll just say that the twist didn’t quite work for me because of the careful groundwork laid by the writers, director, and actors. There wasn’t enough foreshadowing or hints.
I get that they wanted the twist to remain a deep secret, but in this case, it was too deep. Even an askance glance would have done it.
Other than my own private quibble, UNKNOWN is a great way to spend an evening with a howling storm outside and a glass of wine and popcorn inside.