Action-thrillers are like eggs. They're easily overcooked and often served with ham.
Dr. Martin Harris (Neeson) arrives in Berlin only to suffer a horrible accident. He awakens from a coma to find that another man has assumed his identity. Even his wife (
It's bad enough that poor Martin must prove his identity, but now men with sinister haircuts are trying to kill him. He enlists gorgeous cab driver Gina (
"We have to get lost in the city" she announces, and dons a stylish beret and procures a cool leather jacket for a 6-feet-4, moviestar-handsome Martin.
Evidently in Berlin, nothing eludes danger quicker than the right accessories.
Derivative of everything Hollywood
Rarely has a film borrowed from so many different Hollywood formulas as
Plot devices from
Lovely Dianna Agron is the young human he falls in love with at their local high school. Their adventures begin when his true identity starts to leak out in the age of
Sound familiar? Lots of rip-snorting action follows as his pursuers close in on him. Top-notch special effects help to keep the excitement factor at a high pitch.
Because it's so derivative, this movie might not do well with major critics. But it's a good production that should be a hit with its target audience. The vague ending sets up the sequel that guarantees a "Number Five" in the near future.
SUSANNE PEREZ lives in Costa Mesa.