WALL COWER Barry Pepper tries to keep cool.
WALL COWER Barry Pepper tries to keep cool.

Time Out says

Suppose you suddenly woke from unconsciousness to find yourself in a locked, abandoned warehouse, unsure of who you are or how you got there. Around you is a motley assortment of men, some bloodied and bound, all equally clueless. Wouldn’t it be a good time to dial 911? Not if you’re the anonymous character (Caviezel) who jerks awake with a start at the beginning of Simon Brand’s debut feature. Instead he and his four fellow detainees bicker, brawl and, over the course of 90 minutes, piece together an explanation: Two of them were kidnapped by the others, and after a struggle, knocked over a canister of toxic gas, “frying” their brains. But who are the kidnappers and who the kidnapped?

Despite their mutual suspicion, these fellows form a provisional alliance to break out of the warehouse on their own. It’s a reasonably intriguing setup: equal parts Memento, Reservoir Dogs and Waiting for Godot. But Unknown is so determined to deliver maximum plot twists, surprises and flashbacks that the story soon descends into a morass of confusion. The audience will find its brains a bit fried by the experience too. (Opens Fri; Click here for venues.) — Tom Beer



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