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Jaume Collet-Serra (2011)

108min
12 Certificate
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American botanist Liam Neeson awakens after a Berlin car accident to find no one recognises him in Orphan director Jaume Collet-Serra's solid Euro thriller. Shifting between identity-theft mystery and geo-political intrigue before propelling headlong into an assassination-bureau conspiracy plot, this well-maintained puzzler remains tautly suspenseful even through some preposterous moments. Neeson (back in action-man Taken mode) makes for a likeable everyman hero, January Jones (TV's Mad Men) is ice-cool as his Hitchcock-blonde wife and Diane Kruger plays his taxi-driver saviour, while Bruno Ganz engages as the ex-Stasi investigator trying to learn the sinister truth behind the intricate deception. Unravelling the jigsaw clues is a lot of fun, while the changes rung during the familiar ticking-bomb countdown finale marks Collet-Serra as a genuinely gifted genre specialist.

Summary

A doctor on a business trip in Germany ends up in a coma after a car accident. He wakes up to find another man is claiming to be him, his wife does not recognise him and any evidence of his real identity has disappeared. He seeks the help of the woman who saved his life as he tries to find out what has happened. Thriller, starring Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger and January Jones.

Cast & Crew

Dr Martin Harris Liam Neeson
Gina Diane Kruger
Elizabeth Harris January Jones
Rodney Cole Frank Langella
Martin B Aidan Quinn
Ernst Jürgen Bruno Ganz
Professor Bressler Sebastian Koch
Doctor Farge Karl Markovics
Jones Stipe Erceg
Herr Strauss Rainer Bock
Director Jaume Collet-Serra
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Optimum Guidance: Violence. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 4 Mar 2011

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