The Marksman (2021)

“I don’t scare easy.” – Jim

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Apr 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A former soldier gets into trouble when he helps a woman and her son cross the border in the US when they are being chased by members of a drug cartel who want them dead.

My Take on it – Typical Liam Neeson kind of character and film that manages to stay thrilling despite this.

The story isn’t really new or innovative, yet they still find ways to keep it all effective as things progress.

The characters are all underdeveloped and that hurts things a bit too much since they all feel far too much like caricatures instead of something deeper.

It would have been better f we understood even more about the main characters life, but they still do a great job showing us the kind of man he is and why he acts as he does.

I know that it’s always lots of fun watching Neeson in these kind of films and this one even allows us to see him act more vulnerable along the way as he makes sure to do all that he can to right a wrong.

Neeson’s chemistry with the kid, played by Jacob Perez is hit and miss and isn’t as effective as one might hope for.

The action scenes are a bit weak here and that drags things down a bit especially given the very predictable nature of these kind of stories.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scene where Jim and Miguel are in the hotel, both watch the classic Clint Eastwood western Hang ‘Em High (1968). The film’s director, Robert Lorenz, worked with Eastwood for many years as a producer and included this scene as a tribute to his mentor. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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