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Unknown (2006, Simon Brand)

What's it about? Five men wake up in a locked-down warehouse in the middle of nowhere, without memory of who they are or what happened to them.

Who's in it? James Caviezel, Greg Kinnear, Bridget Moynahan, Joe Pantoliano, Barry Pepper, Jeremy Sisto, Peter Stormare.

Why did you watch it? The premise sounded like Saw or Cube, just without the horror/slasher stuff added to it, which intrigued me. Also, the cast list reads like a who is who of some of my favorite actors (Moynahan, Caviezel, Stormare, Sisto).

Why is it worth watching? It's incredibly well-acted and vibrating with suspense. The moment the initial question of how the memory loss happened is answered, there's a new, equally unsettling mystery to latch onto: if this is a kidnapping situation gone bad, then which one of them are the kidnappers and who are the victims? And even as the memories gradually return, they can't be completely trusted.
Jim Caviezel in particularly gives an intense performance of a man torn between his instincts and what he believes are his memories, and while I've never been too fond of Greg Kinnear, his acting is up to par: tense and on the edge.

On the other hand... It's a rather weird movie, and I found the ending strangely unsatisfying. I'm not sure whether it was one twist too many, or if I rather expected an even bigger revelation, but in either case it didn't work for me.

The final verdict: 7/10



I love movies, and I watch quite a lot of them in my free time. In this journal, you'll find my thoughts on movies I've recently seen - both new releases and older films.

Those aren't supposed to be actual journalistic reviews, just some personal, sometimes terribly subjective comments.

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