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  • Summary: Unknown unfolds in the style of "Memento," a story told in reverse with an unforeseeable ending. Five men wake up trapped in a chemical warehouse with no memory of who they are or how they got there. They are forced to try to figure out who is good and evil before it's too late. (The Weinstein Co.) Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. 70
    Music video director Simon Brand makes an impressively taut debut with Unknown, a nifty little psychological crime thriller that suggests a "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" for the postindustrial age.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    60
    Brand has assembled a cast of world class improvisers, yet doesn't take advantage of their own particularized, inflected rhythms, as each ritualistically experiences a jump-cut fragmentary flashback in front of the same bathroom mirror.
  3. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    50
    Director Simon Brand channels both "Saw" and "Reservoir Dogs" (good influences, both) to propel his main story forward, and even gets nicely twisty when the climax comes, but it's hard to escape the feeling that the B-story was added in to pad the film's running time.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    Unknown is punchy and entertaining. Maybe not the sort of thing you'd want to spend $10 plus a mortgage for popcorn on, but a nifty surprise on DVD several months from now -- or on pay-cable on-demand right now.
  5. While Brand manages a couple of effectively brutal bits of violence, Matthew Waynee's gassy screenplay is all premise and no propulsion.
  6. Reviewed by: James Dyer
    40
    Moderately lame horror.
  7. 30
    Feeble exercise in brain-teaser noir.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. AnnieE.
    Nov 13, 2006
    10
    I loved it. Witty and exciting. Great script, great twists.
  2. Feb 24, 2013
    8
    This movie was really cool, not only because of it's terrific cast, but also for the way the story is done. At many points this film seems familiar, mainly because it has similar pieces to similar movies all put together into one original story. A group of people wake up locked in a warehouse with no memory of who they are or how they got there. Only one thing becomes immediately clear, if they don't discover the truth and how to escape, they'll all be dead soon. Its not the strongest story or ending, but the way this film was done was just pure genius. Defiantly worth seeing! Expand
  3. Sep 22, 2013
    7
    Solid acting by the cast and interesting story. The side plot involving the cops really takes away from the main plot and was sort of unneeded. The twist ending certainly helped end the film on a high note. Overall, It was actually quite good and I'd recommend watching. Expand
  4. Jan 7, 2011
    5
    Not great, but really not bad. Cool concept and good cast, but lacked something... Can't quite place what.

    Maybe it would be better if it
    kept to the 'one-room film' formula. The scenes on the outside with the cops were distracting and not really necessary for the plot... Expand

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