09. UNKNOWN (2011)
This Hitchcockian style thriller is an absorbing watch that features a dramatic and suspenseful chase sequence in the middle of the narrative. Liam Neeson
and Diane Kruger
have been thrown together through an earlier car crash and here they escape Krugers flat with an assassin in hot pursuit. With Neeson behind the wheel of the car a man whos identity is being denied by his own wife the scene is relatively realistic, as he attempts to dodge the hired killer and his VW SUV in a Mercedes taxi. As the assassin dodges and weaves through traffic, Neeson is forced to drive like hes never driven before, as his everyman character has to take on heroic and super-skilled driving abilities. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6gQXjKxARo The chase is gritty and powerful, with Neeson using all hes got to dodge his opponent, including reversing at high speeds down a public pavement, performing hand break turns and dodging through heavy traffic. Director Jaume Collet-Serra
uses a series of close up shots at fast speeds and elements of surprise to keep this chase sequence exciting and engaging, combining all the right ingredients to make it one of the most memorable and proficient ones from any film of the new decade.