Something In The Air
A semi-autobiographical drama from director Olivier Assayas set in 1970s Paris
Dr Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) attempts to piece together his identity in Berlin after waking up from a car crash confused and disoriented
With 2008's kidnap thriller Taken, Liam Neeson proved himself surprisingly adept as a full-on action lead. Ok, he's not Ethan Hunt leaping balletically from the epicentre of blossoming fireballs, or even Jason Bourne flitting across rooftops like a gravity defying wildebeest. But he is a tough, likeable presence whom we completely believed as a man who will be rescuing his daughter no matter how many heavily armed goons you throw at him.
Now, in Unknown, he's showcasing much the same shtick, this time in Berlin rather than Paris, to reasonably gripping effect. You may or may not solve the mystery of his amnesiac doctor's identity before he does, but either way he's an engaging enough screen presence that he's never less than watchable.
Our attention wanders during the final reel as McGuffins are unmasked and conspiracies unravelled in a slightly prolongued fashion, and by people we've very little invested in: this ought to be Neeson's show and Neeson's show alone.
Nitpicking aside, for the most part this is a solid film: the sort of reliable thriller that Burtons would make if they made thrillers instead of affordable menswear.
David Cox reports on a day of highs and lows at Cannes... Bristling with bad-boy swagger, director Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling's collaborative follow-up to Drive (in Cannes two years ago
Film4 Channel Editor David Cox rounds up some of the many films he's seen so far in Cannes, including the latest works from directors Paolo Sorrentino, Takashi Miike and Alex van Warmerdam... Any fil