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Iyouboushi On April - 15 - 2011

A while back Bri and I were looking over IMDB one night looking at upcoming movies for the year. This movie stuck out to me as we read what it was about. It sounded, to me, like a combination of the Bourne movies and Taken. Apparently the critics also thought the same. But was it any good?

Dr. Martin Harris and his wife Elizabeth are in Berlin for a scientific convention. As they’re quickly rushed into the cab Marin leaves behind a briefcase. Upon reaching the hotel he realizes it and hops into a cab to go retrieve it. Along the way the cab ends up crashing into a river and Martin nearly drowns. As he awakens from a coma he discovers that someone has taken on his identity and that no one, not even his wife, believes him. With the help of the taxi driver, a young woman named Gina, he sets out to prove who he is.

The plot itself will keep you hooked as you try to figure out exactly what has happened to poor Martin. The actual twist towards the end is something that I didn’t see coming (rare in movies these days). And once the plot twist unfolds there’s actually about twenty minutes of another plot that Martin must then be involved in.

The Good
+ Liam Neeson does another grand job in this movie, as does the woman who plays Gina (and one other character that I don’t want to mention here but you’ll know when you see him).
+ The plot twist wasn’t expected.
+ This movie can actually make you stop and think about what it’d be like if you were to suddenly lose your identity/if someone stole it. What would you do if it happened?

The Bad
+ Unfortunately, aside from the three I mentioned, there are some actors/actresses that could have done a little better. It’s not enough to destroy the film at all, but it’s still kind of distracting in its own way.
+ Fight scenes can sometimes be SHAKY CAM which is something that the Bourne series was extremely well known for but I can’t stand. I know it’s supposed to make it a little more “realistic” but it’s annoying to me when I can’t tell half of what’s going on thanks to the blurry camera.

What The?
The “second plot” seems overly convoluted. I can’t reveal it without spoilers but let’s just say that people who can do what they do don’t need a long-term plan to do the secondary plot.

Overall, I really, really like this film. The suspense is enough to keep you interested, there’s a lot of action, and it’s just a fun ride. If you liked Taken, you will probably like this film. For me, I’ll give this film a 4 out of 5.

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