It’s starting to become a tradition – but this weekend again, we decided to watch a movie. I guess that’s because the weather is still mixed and also because we still have not figured out how to watch our DVDs on the TV in the flat. This time we first picked the cinema we wanted to go to: It was ‘The Grand’ (posh name!) for the cinema in the shopping mall ‘Elements’.
The shopping mall sits on top of the Kowloon station, so it’s on the other side from Hong Kong. We took the MTR from Hong Kong to get there, it’s just one stop and very easy to get to. The shopping mall is still very new, it’s big (there are different areas called after the elements so you don’t get lost, i.e. the cinema is in the fire zone) and for a weekend it was very empty. Of course, there are the high-end shops from Prada, Gucci, Mui Mui, Armani, YSL, Canali, Zegna etc. but also some more middle class shops including Reiss (from the UK), Shanghai Teng (amazing combination of Western/Asian styles), Puma and the average H&M and Zara. The shopping mall even has a bus terminal for mainland coaches, so a big part of the target group is mainland Chinese people who want to spend money in Hong Kong (apparently it’s 20% cheaper).
Ok, back to the cinema. So we picked ‘the Grand’ and decided to watch ‘Unknown’. Tickets are around 75 HKD (average price, 7,50 Euros) and the good thing about watching movies in Hong Kong is that you don’t have to sit through 30 minutes of advertising. There is none, maybe one preview, and then the movie starts! The seats in ‘The Grand’ are comfortable, similar to those in the ‘Palace’ in the IFC. The only thing that annoyed me is that they installed a special subwoofer set (or whatever you might call it), and if there is a really deep tone over the sound system, they make your chairs wobble from underneath. This happens when there is some action scene on screen, and it just annoyed me. But I guess, other people might like it.
The movie ‘Unknown’ is a thriller, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and starring Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger as the main actors. Liam plays Dr. Martin Harris, who awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife suddenly doesn’t recognize him and another man has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired and on the run. Aided by an unlikely ally, Martin plunges headlong into a deadly mystery that will force him to question his sanity, his identity, and just how far he’s willing to go to uncover the truth.
It’s not the first time such a story was filmed, but what I enjoyed the most was that it played in a wintery Berlin with some great German actors involved, including:
It’s great to hear them speak German as well as English in the movie, and it just all fits very well together.
Overall I really enjoyed the movie, it’s a gripping story and half-way through you don’t really know what and whom to believe anymore. There are a couple of loose ends (why would Dr. Martin Harris change his mind in the end, or who did the killers always find him so quickly – Berlin is a big city!) and also there were too many car chases for my taste, but it was a packing 90-minutes-film with some great acting!