Unknown (Take Back Your Life) a Surprising Smash Hit!

February 24, 2011 by  
Filed under Movies/TV, Top Story

On Saturday I attended a matinee showing of Unknown-(Take Back Your Life), starring Liam Neeson, and was surprised on several levels. One level was that I usually have the theater to myself, but this time the showing was completely sold out (The young man in the seat next to me fidgetted somewhat, but was mostly well behaved). I saw it at a Cinemark Multi-Cinema, that is located in a new shopping center, Southpark Meadows in South Austin. I wondered what all the brouhaha was about?

Lots of older people there, such as myself. I realized it was Liam Neeson, who still is a magnet with BIG TIME box office draw. The other level of surprise (that I was mentioning above) was how good the movie was. With each frame the plot twists and turns, keeps you on the edge of your seat, and is a nail biter of the highest order. I would compare it to an Ian Fleming Cold War thriller along the lines of Goldfinger or Doctor No.

My favorite character was Ernst Jurgen (Bruno Ganz) who plays a private investigator who tries to help Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) reclaim his identity. Ernst was a former Stasi agent for East Germany. We don`t see too many of these types of thrillers coming out of Hollywood these days. This is the reason, I believe, why this film is resonating with so many people. Domestic sales through February 22nd were $27,420,283 and foreign sales were $5,500,000. Still sorting out the plot – who knows, maybe I`ll go again next weekend!