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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. (TheUnknown 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: 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.
  4. Despite a clever script and top-notch cast, whose commitment to doing service in the indie branch of the industry is commendable, Unknown falls apart just when it should be coming together.
  5. It all comes together at the end, logically and with a twist. But it's not a game that allows the audience to play along. When the story is controlled by whatever memories the writer and director choose to put in the characters' heads, you're always on the outside looking in.
  6. Reviewed by: Jean Oppenheimer
    40
    The pacing is slightly off, with the action switching between the imprisoned men and the police who are trying to find them, and what should be a mounting sense of urgency inside the warehouse (think Reservoir Dogs) falters and goes slack.
  7. 30
    Feeble exercise in brain-teaser noir.

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  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 seemsThis 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 ofSolid 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
    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...
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