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THE MARKSMAN
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: January 15, 2021
Director: Robert Lorenz
Stars: Liam Neeson, Jacob Perez, Juan Pablo Raba, Katheryn Winnick
Plot: A rancher must help a boy escape a Mexican drug cartel
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 

 

I know the question you are all wanting answered. Does Liam Neeson have a certain set of skills in this movie? Of course he does! He's a one-man army versus the baddest of the bad in the Mexican Cartel.
 
Now, if that is your only reason for wanting to see this movie, then go for it. Grab your popcorn, candy, and drink and enjoy. If you like that stuff, but you also want a smart film, well...this is not the movie you are looking for. 
 
While this flick is entertaining and somewhat suspenseful. it is also filled with about 20 moments where you will find yourself saying, "Why did they do that instead of this obvious thing?" There are more holes in this plot than there are holes in Lim Neeson's truck after the Cartel shoots it up. (Not a spoiler. We all know that happens in every movie he's in).
 
If you are in the mood for a good action flick, check your brain at the door and have a fun time. If you are hoping to discuss this film over coffee, you may want to buy a small. 

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HONEST THIEF
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: October 16, 2020
Director: Mark Williams
Stars: Liam Neeson, Kate Walsh, Jai Courtney
Plot: A retired Marine has spent his retirement years robbing banks, and now he wants to make things right, but he has to prove he is innocent of a wild crime spree first
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 

 

Not to make this too simple, but, for the most part, if you've seen one Liam Neeson one-man-against-the-world movie, you've seen them all. It is true, he has a special set of skills, and he uses them all in every film he does. It would be nice to see him use another set of skills by playing a character of another type, but he knows these flicks are his wheelhouse, and so do we. 
 
I would rank this film somewhere in the middle of his similar films. It's not great, but it isn't terrible either. It's pretty much exactly what you think it is. 
 
The one thing that brings this movie down is that nothing really exciting happens for the first 30 minutes. Yes, the story gets established, but let's be honest, we don't go to movies like this for a long, drawn-out story. We go to see Liam use his special skills. 
 
After the 30 minute mark the movie picks up the pace and gets into the good stuff, but even then, it's still pretty tame. After all the guy is an honest thief. By definition that makes him pretty bland. Now, if Liam starred in a flick called Back-stabbing, Explosive Thief, I'm paying extra to see that. 
 
But, since it is called Honest Thief there aren't a whole lot of reasons to see this in theaters. Unless you just want to be an awesome person and support the theaters and their employees, which I always highly recommend. Otherwise, just wait for the digital release. You won't miss anything...honest. 

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COLD PURSUIT

Rated: R

Release Date: February 8, 2019

Director: Hans Petter Moland

Stars: Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Tom Bateman, Emmy Rossum

Plot: A snow plow driver tries to get to the drug lord that killed his son

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait for the digital release and make someone else rent it

 

 

They should have named this movie SLOW PURSUIT. This is easily one of the slowest and boring movies I've seen in a long time. After this film was delivered to the studio, the editor should have been fired and someone else should have come in and cut another 30 minutes out of it.

 

This movie has no idea what it wants to be. It tries to be this tough drug war flick, but at the same time it tries to be a campy comedy. Because of that it fails miserably at both. There were times where I could tell that the director wanted me to laugh, but the content wasn't funny.

 

And then there is the bad guy. Ladies and gentlemen, Tom Bateman should have to write a letter of apology to anyone that pays to see this movie. His acting is so bad that I was literally cringing when he was on the screen.

 

The studio should take all of the copies of this movie and go dump them in a large pile of snow, then run them over with a snowplow, then throw them over a waterfall. (That last one will make sense if you are unlucky enough to have to see this movie). Save yourself the mental frostbite and skip this one.

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THE COMMUTER

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: January 12, 2018

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Stars: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

Plot: A commuter on a train finds himself in the middle of a criminal plot

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait for the DVD

 

 

Look, this is a flick made for Liam Neeson. I can't imagine the writer thinking of anyone else as the words hit the paper. I also can't think of the writer thinking much about the plot either, because it is a thin slice of Swiss cheese in this film. 

 

This is a film where you have to suspend disbelief...a lot.

 

Basically, the entire movie relies on you pretending that the FBI wouldn't follow even a modicum of protocol. Seriously, if you think about the plot compared to how real people in those situations would react this movie is over in about 5 minutes. (Plus the 3 minute opening that will have you screaming "WE GET IT, HE'S A COMMUTER!!" by the end of it).

 

Mix in about 100 concussions that don't affect Liam at all, a poor mystery, and the lamest copycat "I am Spartacus" moment ever in film and you have nothing left, but some fun fights and a pretty decent train crash.

 

There are so many great movies in theaters right now, don't waste your money on this. 

MARK FELT: THE MAN WHO BROUGHT DOWN THE WHITE HOUSE

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: October 20, 2017

Director: Peter Landesman

Stars: Liam Neeson, Diane Lane, Marton Csokas

Plot: The story of Watergate and Deep Throat, based on the book by Mark Felt (a.k.a. Deep Throat)

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters

 

 

If you are old enough to know about the Watergate scandal and fallout then this film will fascinate you. 

 

For those that don't know Mark Felt was a Deputy Director of the FBI and became the mole that leaked all of the Watergate information to the press. He was suspected to be the informant known only as Deep Throat, but it wasn't proven until he purposefully outed himself several years ago.

 

I don't know how much of this movie is 100% factual, but I can tell you that it is based on the book by Mark Felt, so it is probably much kinder to him than how things actually went down. Even if this is a look at Watergate through rose-tinted glasses, this is still a film very much worth your time and money. 

 

It is a powerful, suspenseful, compelling, and intriguing political thriller. 

 

Liam Neeson is masterful in the lead role, and the story moves at a quick pace. This is the kind of film that could easily get bogged down in the details, but there are very few times where tings get slightly confusing or slow. Overall, it is easy to follow and entertaining.

 

My only issue with the film is the anachronistic setting issues. There are times where we see skyline pans of Washington D.C. or driving shots where we see things like the World War II Memorial or the African American History Museum. These things didn't exist in D.C. in 2000, much less 1972.

 

Aside from that, this is one of the best political thrillers I've seen in a long time. I think you will enjoy it as well.