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Unknown 2006

Five men wake up in a locked-down warehouse with no memory of who they are. They are forced to figure out who is good and who is bad to stay alive...

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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.

5.5/10. It started out reminding me of the original "Saw", but it really ended up not being very much like that film. It is a fairly interesting film. I did not find it particularly compelling and my mind did wander from time to time, but there are a few memorable scenes. The cast is good. It's okay.
(***):

Intriguing and interesting film. Good performances all around. A fun "Saturday Night at Home" movie.


Unkown
We saw this at blockbuster and decided to put it in our queue. Once we got it it sat on the shelf for about a week before we actually got around to watching it. I remember reading how it was a mind game much like a favorite called "Memento". We dropped it in the box and hit play....we were greeted with....

The waking of an actor. He doesn't know his name. He doesn't know where he is or how he got there. Around him are several bodies. Looks like a big fight happened. They aren't dead just passed out. he's the first one awake. A quick search of the building and he finds he's locked in with the others. No way out. Everyone starts waking up, one man is shot. Another has a broken nose. One man is tied to a chair.

It's discovered that there was a kidnapping, someone is a victim and the rest are the perps. But who?

No one remembers who they are, how they got there, or what happened. Slowly they try to piece together how they got there. Who is a good guy and who is a bad guy. Over time, things said, events transpire to help people regain their memory... Who is a villan? Who is a Hero? Just when you think you have it figured out. The movie throws you a curve ball or two right to the last minute of the movie.

Very well done. Very interesting psychological suspense movie.

I wouldn't dare give anything away. Watch it for yourself....then we will talk.
More to come...
Yes, a memnto crossed with reservoir dogs and a bit of Saw.

Foreseeable plot development but so well written that I would recommend watching more than once. Engaging character relationships and character developments. The cast was excellent.

I hope to see more from this director again.

July 6, 2007
This is a good movie. There's some violence and lots of swearing, but I loved it!!! It's a good mystery. The cast is packed with great actors. Come on.....Jesus is in it....what more can I say???

It's intense right from the beginning......they suck you in. You're finding out things as the characters are. I think that's the genius of it. The story gets you from beginning to end.

UNKNOWN
(SIMON BRAND, 2006)
NOT RATED
1 HOUR 25 MINUTES
Great cast and premise but it doesn't go anywhere. The "twists" weren't all that great and the film ends abruptly. At least it only last 80 min.
So I recently went on a trip to Los Angeles for a film camp. It was a truly incredible experience. We made a movie and had a film pitch project. I did cinematography for a funny little film called May The Best Man Win. Really funny. The people there were just awesome. Part of the camp was also reading a script for some feature film called Unknown and we got to meet with the producers, Darby and Rick. Darby was really cool and down-to-earth and I didn't get to talk with Rick.

The film is about a man who wakes up in an old industrial center with his memory gone. As memories from his past slowly enter his mind and the trapped people around him he has to discover his past leading up to a climactic battle with the bad guys. The film seems a bit butchered and the script was a lot more in depth and involving than the final cut of the film. Darby said that it was done by a new director and didn't exactly meet everyones' hopes. Oh well. It was a cool experience.
mildly entertaining
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