Sunday, March 20, 2011

Unknown (2006) R - 3 Stars

With a great plot, I really enjoy movies like this that screw with the mind. Here we have a little independent movie chocked full of drama and suspense. Though I don't think the acting is great at the beginning, it seems to get better as the story progresses. Strange concept of 5 men waking up in a locked warehouse with no memory of how they got there or who they are. After breathing a caustic chemical, there found in different positions and locations unaware of what has happened. As they start to gain parts of their memory back, they begin to question each others motives and withhold information to serve their best interests.

The story starts out in a warehouse with a man in a jean jacket (Jim Caviezel), waking up and looking around at 4 other men. (Joe Pantoliano), is tied up in a chair, (Greg Kinnear), lies face down with a broken nose, (Jeremy Sisto), has been shot and hanging handcuffed from the bars of the second floor. (Barry Pepper), blond hair and flannel shirt awakens from the second floor. The men have no idea of why they are together and until they find a newspaper on the bathroom floor. They read about a kidnapping that happened 2 days earlier. Convinced they are involved somehow, the men struggle to work together in an effort to free themselves not knowing if they are the kidnappers or the kidnappies. Meanwhile in the outside world, Detective Anderson (Clayne Crawford), helps a nervous wife (Bridget Moynahan), arrange to get the ransom money to the crooks, setting her husband free.

First Take (IFC)
Director: Simon Brand
Writer: Matt Waynee
Producers: Rick Lashbrook, Darby Parker, John S. Schwartz
I viewed 2/11

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