Thrillers have to tread the line between using action to drive the story and relying on a unique plot to captivate viewers.  Unknown, the new movie with Liam Neeson, fell somewhere in no-man’s-land between these two points.  That doesn’t mean it was a bad movie.  I actually quite enjoyed it.

Neeson plays Dr. Martin Harris, who wakes up after a four-day coma to find out that someone has stolen his identity and that even his wife won’t acknowledge him.  His wife, perhaps not surprisingly, is played by January Jones.  I agree with a critic who compared Jones to a Hitchcock actress–she is beautiful and cold as ice.

Unknown is predictable in many respects, but there are some plot points that may surprise some viewers.  It was refreshing to me, because it seemed more realistic than many other thrillers.  It also had a message of learning from the past and taking a second chance to change one’s life.