Five men wake up in a deserted warehouse. One has been shot and is handcuffed to a railing. One has a broken nose and a bloody shovel lies beside him. One is tied to a chair. A broken cellphone is on the floor and an empty holste lies in a desk drawer. No-one can remember who they are and how they got there. So begins Unknown, one of the best psychological thrillers in recent days.
Pretty early on it becomes clear that some of the men are kidnappers and some are kidnap victims, but which is which? This film throws every trick in the book at you in order to keep you guessing. None of the actors are big name stars but all are recognisable for playing certain types of roles. The film makers obviously recognise this and set up situations to both reinforce and shatter your initial preconceptions about the characters based on who plays them.
Allegiances are formed and broken as the mistrust flows around the characters and they try to work together to escape. This film manages to keep you guessing right up until the final reveal. While not the best movie in the genre (an honour that still belongs to Memento) this is still a fun film with a lot to offer.
Rating – 8/10