A typical Liam Neeson kind of movie, he always takes a lead role, where a group of bad guys, take one of his family members, either his wife or daughter as seen in the various editions of “Taken” then he goes after them tortures them and saves his family alive, making him always the victor.
This is absolutely not close to any of the “Taken” versions you know. This time around there was a little bit of twist and shaking up as this wasn’t a hostage kind of situation or kidnap case, but a mere straight up murder, that left him without a kid anymore.
I must say that it has being quiet difficult for me to really give a verdict for this movie, because it has left me quite confused about my stands with Liam Neeson. I like him and still do, but I just think I am getting really bored of the same kind of storyline, please can they find something new for him to feature in.
The new movie was written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer and directed by Hans Peter Moland and Catherine Hardwicke, a similar story to taken but this time around he had a son.
A few nice cast and crew, a blend of Red Indians and foreign guys, some new faces. They had an amazing choice of location and I can’t take that away from them, it was so nice to see how “Fernie British Columbia” looks like at the peak of winter.
I loved the cinematography, the angle shots and the way they told the story. One thing I liked was how they explained the death of each gang member and a funny way to tell how they died at the end, you have to wait for that, “ In the order of disappearance” I found that very funny. I just think we need a change to Liam Neeson story line, so that they don’t make it so predictable.
In this movie Liam Neeson who played the role of a very hardworking states man was referred to as Nels, he was married to Laura and they both had only one son.
Along the line his son gets killed by some group of bad guys and this gets Nels so upset, he searches for justice himself, which turns out to be an underground war between two worlds.
His major plan was to take out the main leader of the group “Viking (Tom Bateman)” a drug lord who authorized them to kill his son, but to get to him; he has to take out most of his strong foot soldiers one after the other.
We saw Nels switch and move from being the loyal upright man, to becoming a cold blooded murder and he held nothing back, as he was hell bent on destroying all who had a hand in his son’s death.
The unexpected happened between these two enemies and you will have to watch the movie to see what this was.
Cast: Liam Neeson, Emmy Rossum, Laura Dern, Tom Bateman, Dommenick Lombardozzi, Raoul Max Trujilo, Aleks Paunovic, John Doman, Benjamin Hollingsworth and many more
Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama Mystery & Suspense
Director: Hans Peter Moland, Catherine Hardwicke Ratings: PG-13 (for some suggestive content and drug use)
Written: Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer
Runtime: 118 minutes
I really can’t explain why it’s so hard for me to rate this particular Laim Neeson’s movie, for his past movies by the time I am done, I know my verdict, but this particular one, even days after I am still left with mixed feeling and yet not knowing what to score.
Anyway I will score this movie a 7/10, I hope I am not being so bias because I like Laim’s movies, but this one didn’t meet all my exceptions.
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