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Format: DVD
Sku: 202859425
UPC: 796019794848
UPC 14: 00796019794848
Category Keywords: Film Noir  Mysteries  Theatrical Release  Thriller
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Trust No One. Fear Everyone.
Five men wake up in a locked-down warehouse with no memory of who they are. They are forced to figure out who is good and who is bad to stay alive.

"...a nifty little psychological crime thriller that suggests a "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" for the postindustrial age.  Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"...an entertaining diversion whose clever structure gives pulp-crime cliches a welcome twist.  Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide

Editor's Note
Five men awaken in a warehouse with no way out and no recollection of how they got there, only to struggle with their suspicion of each other as they try to piece together their story from available clues. One (Greg Kinnear) has a broken nose, while another (Jeremy Sisto) is handcuffed to a pipe and slowly dying from a gunshot wound. Two (Barry Pepper and Jim Caviezel) are unhurt, while the fifth (Joe Pantoliano) is tied to a chair--which is how the group wish to keep him until they figure out why he got that way. Meanwhile, the police are tracking a sinister man in snakeskin boots (Peter Stormare) with a connection to the group, and a worried wife (Bridget Moynihan) of one of the men searches desperately for her husband. But will the men kill each other out of suspicion before finding a way out of the warehouse?

The second half of the '90s saw a spate of neo-noirs inspired by Tarantino's supercharged RESERVOIR DOGS. Christopher Nolan's MEMENTO (2000), though in obvious debt to Tarantino, was a breathtakingly new shot in the arm for the genre. Simon Brand's UNKNOWN is a brainy and verbose melding of the two. Making its low budget work in its favor, the script could easily be performed on a stage, as the locations number in the low single digits. Though many young pulp-drunk post-Tarantino directors have toyed with non-linear narratives, Matthew Waynee's script doesn't make the device seem rote or overindulgent. Also a small, strong cast led by Caviezel, Kinnear, and Pepper ensure this solid thriller isn't just another entry in the tough-guy crime stakes.

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Video Features DVD, Widescreen

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal (Music)
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/8/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 92 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2006
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 79484
Video UPC UPC: 00796019794848
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Barry Pepper
Video Cast Info Bridget Moynahan
Video Cast Info Greg Kinnear
Video Cast Info James Caviezel
Video Cast Info Jeremy Sisto
Video Cast Info Joe Pantoliano
Video Cast Info Kevin Chapman
Video Cast Info Peter Stormare
Video Cast Info Angelo Milli - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Frederick Levy - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info John S. Schwartz - Producer
Video Cast Info Luis Carballar - Editor
Video Cast Info Matthew Waynee - Writer
Video Cast Info Paul Trejo - Editor
Video Cast Info Simon Brand - Director
Video Cast Info Steve Yedlin - Cinematographer

Professional Reviews

FilmCritic.com 8 of 10
The way it plays out is elegantly simple: Five men find themselves in a warehouse unsure of who they are or how they got there. One of the men is tied to a chair. One is handcuffed to a railing and has been shot in the shoulder. One has a broken nose. The remaining two are bruised and bloodied. The warehouse is secured with bulletproof glass and bars. It's in a desert somewhere. There is no hope of escape...Matthew Waynee's taut and clever script is quite stunning in its setup. Few films outside of the ridiculous Saw series have so deliciously intriguing a start. Where Saw descended into butchery and sadism, Unknown plumbs the psychological depths of the situation...This film's brief (a rigid 86 minutes) but thrilling defibrillator shock to the moribund crime film genre. - Keith Breese

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Kinnear,Greg
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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