Sommerleigh Pollonais, Senior Writer
Plot: A rancher on the Arizona border becomes the unlikely defender of a young Mexican boy desperately fleeing the cartel assassins who’ve pursued him into the US.
Review: I read recently Liam Neeson is planning on retiring from action movies. While like most people I’m a fan of his old-man-who-kicks-ass shtick, after watching his most recent slew of films I have to agree with his decision.
The Marksman might be one of his laziest action (and I use that word lightly) flicks to date. It is directed by Robert Lorenz, the same director behind Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino, so yeah, he has experience with the cranky old man movies. But while those movies are good ones, The Marksman doesn’t have any of the energy or charisma of those films.
None of the characters here pop, including Neeson’s Jim, a decorated war vet who’s trying to live a quiet life with his trusty dog and is fighting to keep the bank from taking his home. On one of his “patrols” he comes across a mother and her young son illegally crossing into the States trying to escape a cartel and, well, if you seen any of his other movies, you pretty much knows what comes next.
This is one of those movies you’ll forget WHILE you’re watching it. The action sequences are uninspired, the characters are bland and the biggest faux pas (that’s fancy talk for screw-up) is we don’t get to see Jim’s marksman skills until the final act. Ironically, this movie misses the mark through and through.
Sommer’s Score: 4 out of 10
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Sommerleigh of the House Pollonais. First of Her Name. Sushi Lover, Queen of Horror Movies, Comic Books and Binge Watching Netflix. Mother of two beautiful black cats named Vader and Kylo. I think eating Popcorn at the movies should be mandatory, PS4 makes the best games ever and I’ll be talking about movies until the zombie apocalypse comes.
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