In 2005 director Rupert Murray released Unknown White Male, a documentary about the true story of a man named Doug Bruce. He woke up on Coney Island with total amnesia and we follow him around as rediscovers himself and the world around him. I found the intriguing premise to be told in a boring, over-stylized manner. Then I heard about the next film from House of Wax and Orphan director Jaume Collet-Serra, with the same title and a similar premise. Although one features Liam Neeson kicking a lot of ass, it came to my surprise that the two films have nothing to do with each other.
Based on a novel by Didier Van Cauwelaert, they shortened the title to Unknown. Neeson stars alongside January Jones, Diane Kruger and Frank Langella. It looks like a solid little thriller prime gearing to mimic Taken’s box office. Check out the first trailer below via Yahoo.
Synopsis: Dr. Martin Harris awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife suddenly doesn’t recognize him and another man has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired and on the run. Aided by an unlikely ally, Martin plunges headlong into a deadly mystery that will force him to question his sanity, his identity, and just how far he’s willing to go to uncover the truth.
Unknown hits theaters February 18th, 2011.
What do you think of the trailer?