Upcoming Spy DVDs: Unknown
Warner Bros. has announced the Liam Neeson amnesia thriller Unknown for release on DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo on June 21. According to DVD Active, extras on the BD will include the featurettes "Unknown: What is Known?" and "Liam Neeson: Known Action Hero" as well as a digital copy of the film. In the interest of unfairness, the DVD will only offer the first featurette. I never got around to reviewing Unknown when it was in theaters, but I really enjoyed it. It's not just Taken in Berlin, as the advertising campaign tried so hard to make us believe. That shorthand actually did the movie a disservice, because Unknown is a bit more cerebral than Taken. (A bit!) It's not an out-and-out action movie, so those expecting Neeson to kick as much ass as he did in Taken were in for a bit of a letdown. It is a pretty cool neo-Eurospy movie in its own right, though! The Berlin locations are shown to maximum advantage, as is Diane Kruger, who ably makes the case that she deserves further consideration as a future Bond Girl. There are also some cool car chases and car crashes. The script, co-written by John Le Carré's son, Stephen Cornwell, plays fair with the audience, and I was surprised by a twist that was actually earned and managed quite well to explain a pretty preposterous set-up in a satisfying manner. (I have no idea how faithful it is to the novel by Didier van Cauwelaert upon which it's based.) If you missed Unknown in theaters, give it a try on DVD.