Poor Liam Neeson. His post â€œSchindlerâ€™s Listâ€ career was critically doomed before it even started. Although you may be thinking that is not a very kind assertion to make, it is definitely a valid one.
It would be nearly impossible for Neeson to top that breakthrough performance, one that netted him a Best Actor
Nomination and was part of the reason why â€œSchindlerâ€™s Listâ€ was 1993â€™s Best Picture winner.
It doesnâ€™t help that since then heâ€™s been choosing some severely uninspired projects in which to supply his acting talents.
This time around, he stars in â€œUnknown,â€ an ordinary spy thriller with unreachable dreams of grandeur.
Neeson plays Dr. Martin Harris, a man visiting Berlin to give a presentation at a biotechnology summit. But a car accident leaves him in a coma and oddly enough, everyone he used to know forgets who he is. He even comes across a man with his wife, claiming to be Dr. Martin Harris.
â€œUnknownâ€ follows the stale pattern of movies that deal with identity crises, where â€œSaltâ€ and â€œThe Touristâ€ both flopped only a few months ago.
This movie falls victim to a common problem of this genre: Its pacing is way off. Itâ€™s understandable, you canâ€™t let the audience in on the trick too early or else they wonâ€™t feel intrigued to see what happens next.
But â€œUnknownâ€ runs nearly an hour and a half long before the story really progresses.
If it werenâ€™t for Neesonâ€™s bravado, I wouldâ€™ve had a difficult time mustering through 90 minutes of that awful slog of a script.
**If you are looking for intense action scenes, look elsewhere. This is a talker more than a fighter.
Movie reviewer Jason Berlinberg can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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