Friday, February 25, 2011


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So let’s start this post out with a little shout out to my dad.  He reads my blog all the time.  My dad and I have the same taste in movies for the most part.  I love going to the movies with him when I’m in Arizona.  For those of you fans around the world who don’t know, I am a student at BYU in Utah so I don’t see my family all that often. Whenever I talk to my dad on the phone we talk about my blog.  Let’s just say he is my biggest supporter and also one of my biggest critics.

Last phone conversation with my dad

Justin-“Hi dad”
Dad-“Hello son”
Justin-“So you still read my blog dad?”
Dad-“I love reading your blog, but son you need to give more reasoning and analysis of what you thought about the movie.  Some of your reviews are a little weak.  But my advice should be a compliment because this means that I want to read more in each of your posts.”

So, I actually get his point.  Here I am, 194 words into this post and I still have not said anything about the movie Unknown.  But I feel like that’s ok because I feel like I am one of the most entertaining people on this earth and so you should enjoy every word that I type.  I am not a professional movie critic by any means.  I am a professional entertainer. Ok, so I’m not a professional entertainer either, but I’m funny and I see movies so I like to write about them.  There are a bazillion (wow, Word didn’t even say I needed to spell check this word. Bazillion is a word???) other movie critic sites, so if you feel that I didn’t give enough information about the movie please check out other sites too. I give you permission.

But I think I will try to be a little bit better in giving my opinion about the movie instead of saying, “yeah, it was dumb. Bye.”

So let’s talk about Unknown now.

If you want to enjoy this movie, do not go in with Taken expectations at all. This movie is nothing like Taken and if you think it will be like Taken, you will hate this movie.  Well, at least that was the case for me.

The previews show that this movie is about a man, played by Liam Neeson, who is unrecognized by everyone after a car accident in a taxi.  What made the previews so intriguing was that even his own wife did not recognize him.  The premise sounded promising enough to me.

Too bad it was LAME.

So after the car accident in the taxi, we watch Liam Neeson and the taxi driver, played by Diane Kruger, trying to figure out the mystery behind his identity loss.  Diane Kruger is the lady from National Treasure, in case you didn’t know.

So yeah, they go around and around trying to solve the big mystery.  They solve the mystery at the end and it is just plain silly.  It was such a weak ending and pretty much had me, movie crazy Justin, regretting spending the money on such a lamesauce movie.

Alright, but you don’t have to take my word for it.

I have talked to many people who have liked it.

A lot of people have put on my Facebook page that they enjoyed it so maybe it just wasn’t for me.

You can always check out to get a more general consensus on films.  I give every movie a chance regardless of what it says on rottentomatoes.

But in my opinion, I’d just wait for the dollar theaters on this one. Or Redbox. Or when you find it at a garage sale later in your life. 

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  1. Man, I knew I liked Glenmo... I was thinking the exact same thing as I was reading! ;) I think I might go see this- not because I don't trust your judgment but because my husband doesn't trust your judgment. And he liked the trailer.

  2. love the rating. where do you find those? :) also--come visit us soon. that's all.

  3. I always look forward to coming to visit my boy’s blog to see if a movie is worth my $$. As I was driving home from work one day, I called to ask Justin if he had seen this movie yet because I was looking forward to going out with his Mother later to see it. He had seen it but had not posted a review yet. He was careful with his words, but it was clear to me this movie was going to get 1 or 2 out of whatever 5 icons he picked (I don’t get the garage sale thing at all btw…) I told him I was going to post a contrary view….Here goes….

    Movies need, above all else, a good story. Good acting (so not to distract from the story), and then good cinematography, special effects etc……Like “Last of the Mohicans” (T.V. edited version of course). Anyway…..This was a good movie. You could not easily see the end from the beginning of this movie. It was actually suspenseful. My boy says that in comparison to “Taken” this movie paled. “Taken” was a good ride, but it really was just watching the tough good guy take out all the bad guys one by one….pretty predicable. This on the other hand was a better movie as far as story line goes… imho…..The old block….