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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Disappointing, often-violent thriller has one good twist.

Movie PG-13 2011 113 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 11+

This movie is great for preteens, younger is pushing it.

This movie was great, but at the same time quite disappointing. I defiantly expected more, due to Liam Neeson’s last thriller being Taken which was BRILLIANT. When I looked at the common sense review I was a little sceptical on the maturity side of this movie, so I decided to watch this movie first before watching the movie with my son who’s 12. This movie has some standard Liam Neeson action, some fistfights, car chases, explosions. I was though surprised with how little the gun fights were. This movie has defiantly been toned down from taken to fit the PG-13 limits. Violence: 2 car chases, several fistfights, the main character is in a car crash. Language: 3 s-words 4 damns 1 bitch 1 middle finger 1 Jesus Christ Sexual Content: There is a flashback scene where you see liam Neeson kissing his wife in a shower, no nudity. (I highly recommend skipping this scene, most parent reviews I see is saying the same) Overall I personally think that a mature 11 yr old or 12 can watch this the violence is not bad but skip the flashbacks scene.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.
age 18+

Good movie unnecessary sexual scenes

Shower scenes, kissing, moaning, naked back shown. Braless T-shirt shows nipples. Sounds of neighbors having sex.

This title has:

Too much sex
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (27 ):

This movie is mostly a dud. In Taken, Neeson became an unlikely grown-up action hero, and the movie was a hit. There, he was cunning and crafty and working actively to rescue his daughter. In UNKNOWN (which is based on a 2003 French novel), he's a victim and almost helpless, and the movie fails to recapture the same magic. Director Jaume Collet-Serra spreads the drama out too far and the movie turns sludgy and slow, with the exception of the action scenes, which are choppy and junky, perhaps in an attempt to cover up their lack of logic.

Then comes the movie's big twist -- which is a good one and has the power to explain even the biggest head-scratchers of the first 90 minutes. But it doesn't help with the movie's pacing, lack of character depth and emotional involvement, and over reliance on silly, implausible fights and chases. Old-time character actors Ganz and Frank Langella provide a few brief moments of pleasure here and there, but otherwise, it's forgettable.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 18, 2011
  • On DVD or streaming: June 21, 2011
  • Cast: Diane Kruger , January Jones , Liam Neeson
  • Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 113 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: some intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sexual content
  • Last updated: August 6, 2023

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