An American biologist attending a conference in Berlin awakens from a coma after a car accident, only to discover that someone has taken his identity and that no one, not even his wife, believes him. With the help of an illegal immigrant and a former Stazi agent, he sets out to prove who he is and find out why people are trying to kill him.
This ultimate case of identity theft leaves the main character on a quest to prove who he really is. The man remembers being in a taxi cab crash. When he wakes up from a coma, someone has assumed his identity. They are so convincing that not even his wife will believe him. The man must prove who he his and get his life back or be replaced forever. The man battles the problem of trying to find out what happened while he was in the coma, and to prove that he is who he says he is. In the process of discovering who he is, he discovers a plot to wreck havoc and destruction on society.
This is a bizarre move with lots of action and violence. It is filled with drama and intrigue. This is an adult movie, but would be OK for teenagers. I would not take those under the age of 14 to see it due to the violent scenes. They probably would not understand it or find it entertaining anyway. It deals with intense subjects and dramatic, adult themes. It does have a shower scene that is not appropriate for younger audiences.
This parents movie advisory found that Unknown is a frightening movie on a psychological and physical level. It does not have the body count or the bullet count of a Bruce Willis flick, but it is just as disturbing. It places the audience in the place of the main character and asks the question, “what would you do?” The movie is filmed in such as way that the audience feels what the main character feels through the use of camera angle and cinematic technique. This movie has plenty of violent explosions and car crashes. This Parental Guide to the Movies says that if the children are under 13, get a sitter and leave them at home.