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Liam Neeson Goes from High Profile to ‘Unknown’

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So Liam Neeson has decided to keep the Taken-style success train rolling by signing up for Unknown White Male, a movie that has a premise as conversely excellent as its title is dreadfully awful.

According to Variety, after he finishes up with The A-Team, Neeson will be starring in the thriller that finds him the victim of the most intense sort of identity theft on the planet. After being in a car accident, Neeson’s character awakes from his coma to discover his wife doesn’t know who he is, and she’s living with another man who has taken over his life. His life has literally been taken from him. And he’ll have to use a set of special skills to get it back.

The bad news, if you’re keeping score, is that the flick will be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. It’ll be nice for him to take a few, slow steps back from the horror world of House of Wax and Orphan, but with a project like this, I have to assume that Collet-Serra won’t be able to resist including a twist near the end that just doesn’t work.

However, he’ll most likely get a solid performance from Neeson in the same way he did with Peter Sarsgaard. So there’s a plus.

But, seriously, am I the only one who thinks the name Unknown White Male is terrible? Sure, it’ll give us a sweet chance for a Single White Female double-feature, but the benefits don’t stretch far beyond that. Seems like the kind of title that will get laughed at during the preview.

What do you think?

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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