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With a Hitchcockian mistaken-identity plot, this film can't help but draw us into its slickly woven web of mystery. Although if we look to closely, each preposterous scene demands us to accept an increasingly wobbly sense of logic.

Martin (Neeson) is a scientist in Berlin with his wife Liz (Jones) for a conference, but he and his taxi driver Gina (Kruger) are involved in an accident that leaves him in a coma for four days. When he wakes up, Liz doesn't know him and insists that another man (Quinn) is actually Martin. Desperate for help, Martin contacts former Stasi agent Jurgen (Ganz), who starts digging into the situation, as well as a trusted colleague (Langella). But ruthless killers (Schneider and Erceg) are on his trail.

At least Collet-Serra maintains a thumping pace, never letting the narrative pause for breath as Martin is pushed from one intense set piece to the next.

Since we're held tightly in Martin's perspective, we quickly understand that we can't trust anyone except perhaps Gina, which adds a zing of interest to their interaction, even though nothing really happens. Jones and Ganz play their roles perfectly, leaving us continually questioning their actions. And Langella basically has "pure evil" written across his forehead the moment we first see him.

This freak-out scenario is thoroughly engaging, but even Collet-Serra's ceaseless velocity can't gloss over gaping holes like the script's clunky attempts to deal with the thorny issue of mobile phones, the fact that if someone just Google-imaged Martin the question would be answered, having the US Embassy closed because it's Thanksgiving, and Martin losing his wallet and identification, but still having wads of cash for taxis and such.

But never mind, we're in scary Germany, where scary ex-Communist/ex-Nazis are everywhere. Neeson plays up the paranoia expertly before turning stunt-driving, gun-slinging and whatever else he needs to be to fight off the bad guys. In other words, it's genuinely creepy and thrillingly simplistic at the same time.

And when the plot's final secret is revealed, we're hardly surprised to discover that it's pure corn.



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Genre: Action/Adventure

Run time: 113 mins

In Theaters: Friday 18th February 2011

Box Office USA: $63.7M

Box Office Worldwide: $134.9M

Budget: $30M

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

Production compaines: Dark Castle Entertainment, Horticus UK, Studio Babelsberg, Panda Productions Inc., TF1 Films Production, Canal+, StudioCanal

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 55%
Fresh: 106 Rotten: 85

IMDB: 6.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Producer: , Andrew Rona,

Starring: as Dr. Martin Harris, as Gina, as Elizabeth Harris, as Martin B., as Ernst Jürgen, as Rodney Cole, as Professor Leo Bressler, Olivier Schneider as Smith, as Jones, as Herr Strauss, as Prince Shada, as Biko, as Dr. Farge, Eva Löbau as Nurse Gretchen Erfurt, Helen Wiebensohn as Laurel Bressler, Adnan Maral as Turkish Taxi Driver, Merle Wiebensohn as Lily Bressler, Torsten Michaelis as Airport Taxi Driver

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