Complete Unknown (2016)


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This shape-shifting tale of the perils and pleasures of self-reinvention begins at a dinner party, when Tom's (Michael Shannon) co-worker arrives with an intriguing date named Alice (Rachel Weisz). Tom is convinced he knows her, but she refuses to acknowledge their history. And when Alice makes a hasty exit, Tom sets off after her. What follows is an all-night odyssey shared by two people, one needing to change his life, the other questioning how to stop changing.

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In its latter half the film... gradually runs out of ideas, and out of steam.

Mar 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Complete Unknown is the perfect case study of what happens when bad movies rope in good actors.

Oct 14, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Writer-director Joshua Marston gives Shannon a chance to shine as a character more pedestrian than the ones he usually plays, though the story is a little too thesis driven to build any dramatic momentum.

Sep 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Despite its flaws, "Complete Unknown" raises provocative questions about the nature of identity and whether it's more a comfort or a trap.

Sep 8, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Shannon is usually playing human question marks in the movies, so it's a twist here to see him playing the "normal" guy, except Shannon is too unconventional an actor to play anything in the normal range.

Sep 2, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The movie brushes up against far-fetched soap-opera scenarios. The ending isn't altogether satisfying. Yet Weisz, playful and seductive, utterly confident, disarmingly vulnerable, delivers a performance that makes you forget all that.

Sep 2, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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Veryy compelling story idea, just had no where to go. The acting is great, along with a star studed cast. The thing I liked most was the music.

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Not particularly good. Decent acting, and Weisz is pretty good here, but the story is idiotic and poorly thought-out.

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