Re-Watch: Unknown (2006)Sunday, 6. January 2013
Director: Simon Brand
Writer: Matthew Waynee
Cast: Jim Caviezel, Greg Kinnear, Jeremy Sisto, Barry Pepper, Joe Pantoliano, Bridget Moynahan, Peter Stormare, Chris Mulkey, Clayne Crawford, Kevin Chapman, Mark Boone Junior
Five men wake up one by one in a locked warehouse. None of them can remember who they are or how they got there. The first to wake up is Jean Jacket (Jim Caviezel). As he looks around he sees a guy with a broken nose (Greg Kinnear), one tied to a chair (Joe Pantoliano), one handcuffed to a rail in obviously very hurt (Jeremy Sisto) and one apparently simply passed out (Barry Pepper). While everybody else is still out cold, Jean Jacket wanders around and receives a phone call through which he fakes his way through. But it is obvious that something shifty is going on and Jean Jacket and everybody else have to figure out what it is and what side they’re on.
I started this movie under the impression that I hadn’t seen it before, but about five minutes in I realized that I had, actually. I couldn’t remember practically anything about it, though – it’s that kind of a movie.
Unknown is not really a bad movie, it is just really very average. It goes for a couple of twists, the last one of which actually worked for me (even though I had seen it already), though I called Jean Jacket’s job pretty immediately. I don’t know if it was because I had seen the film already or if it was because they were just too obvious about it.
Especially since they did hurt themselves a little bit by typecasting a little too hard. It’s not really surprising who turns out on what side if you know the roles they played before. [SPOILER] Apart from Barry Pepper who got to be on the good side in this one. [/SPOILER]
Apart from that, the film was okay – not much more. Sometimes you don’t need more to be entertained for a little while (and it is a short film). But it is clear to me why I didn’t remember having seen it before.
Maybe if they had used more of Jeremy Sisto and Peter Stormare (who were tragically underused), it would have been more memorable. But even so, it’s fine.