Unknown

Unknown

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Director: Simon Brand, James Caviezel, Greg Kinnear, Joe Pantoliano

Cast: Simon Brand, James Caviezel, Greg Kinnear, Joe Pantoliano

     
 
Five men desperately try to recover their memories and piece together the traumatic events of the past several days in this independent thriller. In an abandoned warehouse, a handful of men slowly regain consciousness, but they've been stricken with amnesia and have no idea who they are, where they are, or what has happened to them. All five seem to have been in some

Overview

Five men desperately try to recover their memories and piece together the traumatic events of the past several days in this independent thriller. In an abandoned warehouse, a handful of men slowly regain consciousness, but they've been stricken with amnesia and have no idea who they are, where they are, or what has happened to them. All five seem to have been in some sort of serious scuffle; one is tied up (Joe Pantoliano), another has been handcuffed (Jeremy Sisto), a third has a broken nose (Greg Kinnear), and the other two have their share of scrapes and bruises (Jim Caviezel and Barry Pepper). As the men compare the tiny shards of memory they can pull from their minds, one finds a newspaper from two days before, which features a front-page story about the kidnapping of a wealthy and well-known businessman. The men begin to suspect that they were involved with the kidnapping, but no one is sure if they're on the right or wrong side of the law -- or if one of them might happen to be the victim. The first feature film from veteran music-video director Simon Brand, Unknown also stars Peter Stormare, Bridget Moynahan, and Clayne Crawford.

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Simon Brand's Unknown is the same type of thriller as the Saw and Cube movies: a group of people wake up imprisoned in a location unfamiliar to them (in this case, a warehouse), unable to remember how they got there (or in this case, who they are), and find themselves thrust into mortal danger. Where Unknown separates itself from these films is that there are remnants of a power dynamic between them -- some are freed, some handcuffed, and one is bleeding to death. Yet this alone is not enough to help figure out who's righteous and who's corrupt. Robbed of their previous motives, and even their personalities, they're left with only their essential bedrock morality to navigate this challenge, sensing that any trust they build could crumble the moment their memory returns. The thing is, it's impossible to know who's telling the truth about still being in the dark -- and who might be manipulating the situation for his own gain, or to hide his culpability from the others. Unknown is an effective frame story with a delicious setup, but it misses an opportunity to be more clever. Screenwriter Matt Waynee gets down the shifting loyalties of a group of people trying to suss each other out under dire circumstances, and the all-star cast gives a game effort. But the more the secrets reveal themselves, the more pedestrian the details feel. And where Waynee's script isn't as competent is the way it eventually assigns roles to the unnamed ensemble. By the time the audience is supposed to know who's who, there's still some amount of confusion because Waynee hasn't skillfully handled the reveal. Unknown is not unmemorable, but the filmmakers definitely could have milked some more conundrums and existential dilemmas out of the concept.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/30/2007
UPC:
0796019794848
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
R
Source:
Weinstein Company
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
65,463

Special Features

Delted scenes; Extended scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Caviezel Actor
Greg Kinnear Actor
Joe Pantoliano Actor
Barry Pepper Actor
Jeremy Sisto Actor
Bridget Moynahan Actor
Peter Stormare Actor
Clayne Crawford Actor

Technical Credits
Simon Brand Director
Jane Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Luis Carballar Editor
Russ Chasney Co-producer
Randolph De Lano Executive Producer
Tamara De Lano Executive Producer
Ross M. Dinerstein Co-producer
Patrick M. Griffith Sound/Sound Designer
Cedric Jeanson Executive Producer
Chris Jones Production Designer
Rick Lashbrook Producer
Frederick Levy Executive Producer
Shannon Makhanian Casting
Angelo Milli Score Composer
Darby Parker Producer
Bobby Schwartz Co-producer
John S. Schwartz Producer
John C. Taylor Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Trejo Editor
Ariel Veneziano Executive Producer
Matt Waynee Screenwriter
Steve Yedlin Cinematographer
John Yull Co-producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Unknown
1. Unknown [3:03]
2. Awakening [3:44]
3. A Mystery Caller [4:03]
4. "We're All in This Together" [7:05]
5. The Pick Up [3:17]
6. "What Happened?" [4:02]
7. McCain and Coles [3:31]
8. Finding a Way to Get Free [5:39]
9. "Don't You Remember?" [6:22]
10. A High Climb [4:44]
11. "I Know Who We Are" [2:40]
12. A Cry for Help [5:37]
13. Hold On to the Boat [4:22]
14. A Place to Get Away [2:03]
15. Awaiting the Arrival [2:50]
16. They're Here [4:46]
17. One Last Thing to Do [3:10]
18. Time to Finish It [6:26]
19. Last Piece of the Puzzle [3:43]
20. End Credits [4:01]

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Unknown 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
watch it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Director Simon Brand and writer Matthew Waynee are relative newcomers to the art of filmmaking and if UNKNOWN is a fair example of their capabilities, they should have promising futures. The script is clever, just obtuse enough to engage thinking on the part of the viewer, and the story is told in a manner that enhances the tension and the credibility. After compatibly bleak credits the story opens in a cement room/rooms where the bodies of five men are strewn about, each either unconscious or possibly dead. The first to rise is Jim Caviezel, battered and without memory of his identity or the situation in which he finds himself. He sees the bodies of four other men and each 'wakes up' gradually - Greg Kinnear, Joe Pantoliano, Barry Pepper, and Jeremy Sisto. Aside form the fact that everyone has lost his memory there is the fact that they are all hurt and trapped inside the room. The isolation and claustrophobia takes its toll and the men each wonder who is a good guy and who is a bad guy as each tries to recall how they arrived in this terrifying situation. Interplaying with the distraught minds of the five prisoners are moments when the film throws us outside the room into the world of either criminals or detectives and a mysterious woman who is handling a bag of money. Some words about a methamphetamine lab are uttered, some telephone calls are made to the single line inside 'the room', and the identities of each of the characters takes shape as each of the imprisoned men gains bits of memory. The five trapped men form a strange bond, ready for the return of whoever it is that placed them there, and it is only after the confrontation of the captors with the captives occurs that all of the pieces of the bizarre story are sorted out. The viewer then needs to do some mental backing up to completely understand the story. The cast is very strong - not only the five solid actors within the room, but also those 'outside', including Bridget Moynahan, Peter Stormare, Chris Mulkey, Clayne Crawford, Kevin Chapman, Mark Boone, Wilmer Calderon, and David Selby. But it is the choices made by director Simon Brand that make the story unique (given it has the flavor of 'Memento', Camus' 'No Exit', 'Reservoir Dogs', 'The Usual Suspects' and others). This a fine examination of human behavior when the aspect of loss of memory impacts how 'strangers' interact to survive. Grady Harp