I had big expectations before watching the game of Liam Neeson and Ed Harris. Two very characteristic actors come to grips with each other just like in the classical movie ’Heat’. The simile is absolutely not futile because Jean Collett-Serra found Michael Mann’s weaknesses (the restaurant scene, the last fight of Harris and Neeson) but of course it is just a poor plagiarism.
Jimmy Conlon (Liam Neeson) is an ex-hit man alcoholic who constantly drinks in his boss’ pub until becoming blind drunk. His employer, Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris), who is also his best friend and the head of the local mafia tries to sustain his empire with his own rules. His son, Danny, (Boyd Holdbrook) makes a deal and spends the money in advance. He believes his father never let him down but in this case he has to disappoint. Danny tries to deal with the actual situation on his own but it ends with murder. Only one eyewitness stays alive, the limousine driver, Mike, who is the son of Jimmy Conlon.
The story is absolutely not newfangled (from friendship to vendetta, a son who is ashamed of his father, etc.). However, in the first half hour the scenarist (Brad Ingelsby) tries to show us throughout Conlon family that integrity is not rewarding in long term but after a pursuit scene everything he built up is collapsed. Neeson again becomes just a killing machine which gives him the same character as Jean- Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal or Chuck Norris. His character becomes unbeatable, just like in his recent films, a 63-years-old star running with his son through the labor’s tenements without a stand-in. If somebody is not interested in the story which is full of meaningless sentences and specifically loves the one-man army style movies from the ’90s then it will totally fit their taste.
Personally, I truly hope that Neeson returns to characters like Aslan, Oscar Schindler, Qui-Gon Jinn, Ra’s Al Ghul, Michael Collins, Rob Roy or Vallon from Gangs of New York in order to avoid the crew of The Expendables forever. #Film #Cinema