With Liam Neeson and a stellar cast that includes Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn, Bruno Ganz, and Frank Langella, Jaume Collet-2011 Serra’s action thriller Unknown is sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.
Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell adapted Didier Van Cauwelaert’s 2003 French novel Out of My Head for the screenplay they wrote with Joel Silver, Leonard Goldberg, and Andrew Rona.
When a professor wakes up after being in a four-day coma, no one recognizes him and another man claims to be him. He sets out to prove his identity.
A year after its premiere on February 18th, 2011, the picture garnered a mixed reception from critics and went on to gross $136 million worldwide, much above its $30 million production cost.
- Martin Harris is played by Liam Neeson.
- Gina, played by Diane Kruger
- Elizabeth “Liz” Harris (January Jones)
- Martin imposter Aidan Quinn
- Playing Rodney Cole, Frank Langella
- Bruno Ganz portrays former Stasi officer Ernst Jürgen in this drama.
- Sebastien Koch in the role of Prof. Bressler
- Jones, played by Stipe Erceg
- Smith is played by Olivier Schneider.
- Mr. Strauss is played by Rainer Bock (chief of hotel security)
- Prince Shada, played by Mido Hamada
- Dr. Farge, played by Karl Markovics
- Nurse Gretchen Erfurt, played by Eva Löbau, is a memorable character.
Clint Dyer in The Role of Biko
The film included a large number of German actors. His earlier film credits include The White Ribbon and the Diane Kruger co-starring Inglourious Basterds. Other cast members include Turkish cab driver Adnan Maral and immigration officer Petra Schmidt-Schaller. Despite playing a character who isn’t German, Kruger is a native German speaker.
The Mystery of The Film’s Unsolved Ending Has Now Been Solved: Who Is Martin Harris?
The protagonist’s identity is one of the film’s most intriguing secrets. Jaume Collet-Serra, the director, introduces Martin as a professor who is devoted to his wife in a loving and caring manner. Consequently, when she tells him that she doesn’t know him, he begins to believe that he is insane.
Even when others tell him otherwise, after he survives his first assassination attempt, he is confident that his brain is not deceiving him.
Several of his secrets are finally disclosed when he reunites with Professor Rodney Cole (Frank Langella). When Cole tells Martin he is a professional assassin, Martin is reminded by Jason Bourne’s character.
There is a strong implication in Cole’s earlier talk with Jürgen that the latter is an agent of Section 15, a secretive assassination group with a perfect track record in Europe.
They are both members of the same company. Their elaborate storyline began after they were paid to remove a key target at the seminar: Martin is an established researcher in his profession and he and Liz have been married for five years, according to their account.
Even before seeing Bressler in person, he had already developed a professional relationship with him via the internet. However, following the accident and coma, the organization has no choice but to use the backup.
It’s around this time that Martin begins to believe that Dr. Harris and Liz are real persons. When he confronts both the Other Martin and Liz, he demands they disclose the truth.
Even hiring Jürgen to find out who Martin is is a step too far for Martin. Cole arrives in Berlin to clean up the damage once the organization learns that Martin is a hazardous loose end. A split second before the two are going to execute Martin, Gina shows up to kill both Cole and his accomplice.
Plot Synopsis of An Unknown Plot
Dr. Martin Harris (Neeson) and his wife Liz (Jones) arrive in Berlin from the United States near the beginning of the film. The Saudi Pince Shada (Mido Hamada) and Nobel laureate Professor Bressler (Sebastian Koch) are expected to attend a biotechnology summit, where Martin is scheduled to give a presentation.
They had left a briefcase behind at the airport when they arrived at their hotel. Martin realizes this after checking in. The taxi he’s in slips into the Spree as he tries to retrieve it.
He is saved by Gina (Diane Kruger), a Bosnian illegal driver. He finds that he’d been unconscious for four days when he finally awakens in the hospital. He has a muddled memory.
As soon as he arrives back at the hotel, he is confronted by a second man (Aidan Quinn) who claims to be the genuine Martin Harris. To Martin’s chagrin, Liz backs the second Martin’s allegation and firmly declares that she has no knowledge of the first.
A return to the hospital is necessary after Martin has lost consciousness. He begins to worry that he is remembering things incorrectly.
To put it another way, he is certain that he is involved in something terrible when an unidentified attacker comes within inches of killing him. In his pursuit of truth, he is helped by Gina and Ernst Jürgen (Bruno Ganz), an erstwhile Stasi officer turned private investigator.
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