So who—if anyone—is the real Martin, and should you care? Well, that depends on your tolerance for a script where little, if anything, rings true. Apparently deciding to throw all caution to the wind, the film's cobbled-together plot gets even sillier once the hit men show up.

Far more interested in trying to surprise the audience with random character revelations far too late in the game than providing any connection with Martin or his plight, there's definitely one thing we know for sure when watching Unknown—namely that escapist entertainment without the benefit of a great story rarely satisfies. But then again, if Taken ruled the box office just two years ago, then it's quite possible that Unknown could now. It's really anybody's guess, after all.


  • Drugs/Alcohol: Social drinking and cigarette smoking shown. Plus, one character intentionally overdoses on cyanide.

  • Language/Profanity: Sh--, bit--, hel- and as- are all used on a couple of instances. God's name is also taken in vain several times, once paired with da--. 

  • Sex/Nudity: Martin has a couple of flashbacks of having sex with Liz in the shower (we only see them from the shoulders up). Martin also walks by a sex club in one scene. And when he and Gina are talking in her apartment, they hear her noisy neighbors in the throes of lovemaking.

  • Violence: Martin nearly dies from when the taxi he's riding in plunges into the river. Later, he's beaten, shocked and smashed through furniture and nearby mirrors by the thugs who are following him. Martin isn't afraid to fight back, however, and is successful in stabbing a man in the throat with a chunk of glass and beating one guy with a crowbar. There are also injury-causing, intense car chases and a bomb that ends more lives. A few innocent characters are the inevitable collateral damage of that plot to take Martin down.

Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog

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