Combustible Celluloid
 
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With: Jim Caviezel (a.k.a. James Caviezel), Greg Kinnear, Joe Pantoliano, Barry Pepper, Jeremy Sisto, Bridget Moynahan, Peter Stormare, Clayne Crawford, Mark Boone Junior
Written by: Matthew Waynee
Directed by: Simon Brand
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98
Date: 01/01/2005
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Unknown (2006)

1 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Bringing Down the Warehouse

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This crime/suspense film begins well, with echoes of Reservoir Dogs, The Usual Suspects, Memento and Saw. Five men (Jim Caviezel, Greg Kinnear, Joe Pantoliano, Barry Pepper and Jeremy Sisto) wake up in a locked warehouse; a spilled canister filled with mysterious chemicals has temporarily wiped their memories. They somehow deduce that some of them are kidnappers and others are victims, but from there the movie quickly spirals out of control.

Characters immediately launch into hysterics, snapping at one another in an attempt to cover up any lack of logic. Screenwriter Matthew Waynee doesn't quite know when to provide clues and when to withhold. Director Simon Brand overcompensates with flashy filming and too much editing (in one sequence, a character peels back a coat to examine another character's bullet wound, and it takes place in something like eight cuts).

Peter Stormare co-stars as a bad guy and Bridget Moynahan plays the worrying wife of one of the men, but the further the film strays from the warehouse, the thinner it gets. (Note: Not to be confused with Tod Browning's great 1927 film The Unknown.)

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