Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra
Starring: Aidan Quinn, Diane Kruger, Frank Langella, January Jones, Liam Neeson
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Question: Does Liam Neeson (Dr. Martin Harris) ever pick up a gun? And if so, when? I've seen him with a gun on posters and the DVD case, but I don't think I've seen him with a gun in the film.
Question: What (if any) is the significance of the "OZ" graffiti that pops up throughout the film? It became quite distracting as I thought it would pay off at the end of the film.
Chosen answer: The 'OZ' sprayer is a very disturbed man who claims to be an artist but the courts think otherwise. You can found his OZ (which he claims to be read OLI!) everywhere in Berlin and Hamburg. It has absolutely nothing to do with the movie but you can't film a wide open scene in Berlin without taping it.
Question: Why do they simply kill dozens of people in the movie, but with him it has to be something long and drawn out, like poison in the hospital or drugs in the parking garage?
Chosen answer: Because the killers need to make Liam Neeson's death look accidental. The police think Neeson is crazy, and is not telling the truth when he claims Liz is his wife. The police simply think that Neeson is mentally ill and so dismiss his stories and allegations as untrue. However, if Neeson is then found murdered, there is the possibility that the police think Neeson might have been telling the truth, investigate, and foil the villains' plot. Therefore, Neeson must be killed to stop him investigating - but he must he killed inauspiciously, so it looks like an accident, so as not to make the police suspicious. Thus the poison in hospital - hopefully it would be put down as a standard non suspicious hospital death. And the drugs in the car park at the end of the film are deliberately mentioned by Professor Rodney Cole as being essential in making Neeson's death look an accident. Cole says that Neeson will seem to have killed himself with heroin and so will not consider his death suspicious. So basically these elaborate ways of killing are in order to make Neeson's murder seem an accident and so not make the police investigate.
Question: How does the former boss of Liam Neeson (Dr. Martin Harris) find the private detective the latter is using for help? He calls him and just shows up.
Chosen answer: He calls him because Liam Neeson told him to, because he still remembered him.
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Ernst JÃ¼rgen: In the Stasi, we had a basic principle: ask enough questions and a man who is lying will eventually change his story. But the man who tells the truth cannot change his, however unlikely his story sounds.
When the EMTs are resuscitating Dr. Harris, they use a defibrillator despite their being on a wet metal dock. Not only is this highly dangerous to absolutely everyone present, it would be completely ineffective at restarting his heart as the water and the metal would dissipate the electric current too much for it to do any good. At the very least, they would have stabilized his spine then moved him to a dry surface before beginning defibrillation.
Throughout the movie if you look in the background at the various graffiti tags, one in particular stands out. Look for the tag OZ. In almost every scene that has graffiti on the walls you 'll see it somewhere in the background, sometimes more than once. Although it is common for graffiti artists to leave multiple marks in multiple areas, Berlin is a big city and it can be spotted too often for it to be coincidence.