January 18, 2017

“Unknown” sequel a “possibility,” directors says


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Depending on how well Liam Neeson’s amnesia thriller “Unknown” does at the box office this weekend, a sequel could be in order. And if that’s the case, director Jaume Collet-Serra’s open to the idea of furthering the story.

“That’s up for the audience to decide. It’s a possibility,” Collet-Serra said during the film’s European premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival.

The film stars Neeson as an American scholar who suffers amnesia following a car crash in Berlin and must put the pieces of his memory back together. It doesn’t help that his wife (played by January Jones) pretends not to know who he is, or that another man (played by Aidan Quinn) has stepped into his shoes and is now pretending to be Neeson’s character. Talk about confusing.

Enhancing that element of confusion is one of the reasons Collet-Serra said they moved the plot from Paris to Berlin, saying that the German city “at least for an American audience, isn’t as familiar as Paris and thus better suits the film’s themes of amnesia and lost identity.”

He probably wanted to distance his own film from the Paris-based “Taken,” also with Neeson in a butt-kicking mode.

“Unknown” is in theaters now.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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