In the Dark

Three From the Past

Produced by Studio Canal
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
Screenplay by Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell
Distributed by Warner Bros.

Adjustment Bureau
Produced and distributed by Universal Pictures 
Directed and written by George Nolfi, adapted from “Adjustment Team,” a story by Philip K. Dick

Produced and distributed by Relativity Media 
Directed by Neil Burger
Screenplay by Leslie Dixon


Three recent American films are redolent of Hollywood’s past.  They’re inhabited by attractive, competent actors, feature intricately, sometimes illogically plotted narratives, and have little purpose beyond entertaining their audiences.  As such, they each exhibit a pleasing modesty of scale and theme.

Director Jaume Collet-Serra’s Unknown, the least interesting of the three, stars Liam Neeson as Martin Harris, a university botanist who’s attending a biotech conference in Berlin with his wife.  Upon arriving at the conference hotel, he discovers he’s left his briefcase behind at the airport.  Leaving his wife to check in, he hails a cab to go back and retrieve it.  But things go seriously wrong when his driver (Diane Kruger) swerves off a bridge.  He bumps his head and wakes four days later...

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