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The Marksman (2021)

Action | Thriller 
Rayting:   5.6/10 10867 votes
Country: USA
Language: English

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 U.S.

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ThomDerd 18 April 2021

I am having a hard time believing that Liam Neeson is the guy living in the US south, close to the border, carrying the American flag on his shoulder (5 min in the film) and still speaking with his infamous tone of voice and accent... I think if he hadn't been casted for this, then it would have been a completely uninteresting film. Yes it's a Liam Neeson movie...same like a Nick Cage movie...we watch it to see Liam doing something. But it's not Taken or anything like that. And it's not exactly action/thriller; 40% of the film is a subtle social commentary. I had fun watching it but come on, was that film necessary? Probably not. 5/10.

darkreignn 20 January 2021

My love for Liam Neeson knows no bounds - no matter how many mediocre movies he stars in, I will always watch the next one, in hopes that maybe my expectations will be subverted and I will be treated to a good film. Unfortunately, in the last few years, Mr. Neeson has starred in a string of mediocre movies. "Taken 3" is bad beyond description, mainly due to its atrocious editing style. "Cold Pursuit" attempted to go the dark comedy route, and in my opinion, missed its mark. "Honest Thief" was painfully banal, filled with stilted acting and a noticeable lack of action. And now we have "The Marksman," another entry in the mediocre Liam Neeson movie genre.

"The Marksman" is less of an action thriller and more of a drama, and that's not inherently bad. However, the movie boasts an astounding lack of suspense and tension throughout, plodding along from scene to scene until the inevitable final confrontation - which to the film's credit, is exciting. However, before you have the pleasure of watching that, you have to sit through a long, slow, road-trip style adventure, that lacks any type of thrill. Sure, you'll find one or two intermittent "action" scenes during the course of the movie, but these scenes barely contain any worthwhile action. There is a poorly filmed fistfight that lasts about 10 seconds, as well as a mild getaway type of scenario that our hero has to escape from, and that's about it.

Because of its lack of action, the main draw of "The Marksman" is its actors, namely Liam Neeson and Jacob Perez. Liam Neeson is good with what the script has him do, and I enjoyed his character. A previous member of the Marine Corp, Liam's character, Jim, struggles with alcohol, and is unapologetically atheist, which I found interesting for a character in a mainstream film. While I was originally opposed to watching a movie with a child actor in it, because of how bad child actors usually are, Jacob Perez was, to my surprise, pretty good. He could pull off emotion when he needed to, but mostly he was likeable, and it was enjoyable to watch him and Liam interact. There was some good comedy throughout, and some interesting conversations between the two characters, but that leads me into some more negatives.

Unfortunately, for a movie that is so dialogue heavy, a lot of the dialogue was very boring. There were so many opportunities for the characters to argue or engage in a verbal battle because of their own respective beliefs and morals, but the script took the easy way out it seems, instead employing a large use of exposition. Additionally, for a movie that takes place on the road, it doesn't look very good. The cinematography and directing is very basic, almost as if this was originally a made for television film that at the last minute the studios decided to release in theatres.

When the action starts, it is exciting, specifically the battle at the end. Liam pulls off some badass moves, and he puts his rifle to work. However, at this point the movie was too little, too late, and I was so disengaged that I was more looking forward for it to end. In case it wasn't clear - I still love Liam Neeson, and I'll never stop watching his movies. However, at the end of "The Marksman," I almost found myself asking if I should even bother anymore.

wydeglyde00 1 February 2021

Hard as it is. -One of my fav actors is taking roles in tandem. The quality of his films now are like watching bread grow mold. It's more than obvious at this stage and also sad. -If you can't see it- good for you.

Opinate 15 April 2021

There's nothing new or amazing in this film but it is an okay thriller that keeps moving along, aided by Neeson's character's like-ability.

So if you want something to keep your interest and pass an hour or so in lockdown, if you don't expect too much you might like it.

jamg70 17 April 2021

This is so bad, the story, the script, the action of which there is next to none. I have to call out anyone that gives this film a 10, if you are telling me this film can be compared to say The shawshank redemption, One flew over the cuckoos nest,The godfarther 2 etc. I would question your honesty. Watch this film if you have nothing better to do other than sleep.

jthiac 20 February 2021

Just after the movie, I thought it was okay. Later I realized that it was just that the popcorn was so darn good. The movie was truly bad. If you like Liam Neeson movies, you'll probably hate this one. If you are a shooter, a conservative, if you value entertainment over forced political perspective, you'll probably hate this movie. If you like action movies, nope, not for you. NOT a typical LN movie. Oh, and the good guy...

ivanmessimilos 25 January 2021

This is only the second film by director Robert Lorenzo. Who's he? Exactly. He is best known as an assistant director and producer of mostly Clint Eastwood films and some great ones like Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby. His first solo film is Trouble with the Curve where the main role is played, surprisingly, by Clint Eastwood himself. I really liked that movie. The difference between this and this film is the script, this time he wrote it himself and it is not good at all. It is often predictable, one-way, and uneven. Overall though, I can't judge the film with Liam Neeson where he plays himself badly. He will turn 69 this year, and he is still making films like this. I call this a typical Liam Neeson movie, if you've watched one in the last ten years, you've watched it all. A gloomy man with a difficult and vulnerable past who does not look for troubles but they find him, and he possesses special skills that he is forced to use. The good thing about movies like this is that you know you're going to get what you expected, and all of those movies are good or very good, they won't disappoint you. Same thing with this movie. If you're going to look for holes in the script or criticize the characters, then this is not the movie for you. If you're looking for a movie that will entertain you or take a break from your commitments for a hundred minutes, and you're a fan of Mr. Neeson like me then I can definitely recommend this movie to you.

omendata 23 April 2021

Well it seems Liam has gone down the Nic Cage/Ron Perlman/John Cusack road and just taking any old movie for a paycheque these days. Very sad for such a good actor and still well capable of pulling off a good one!

This is just another anti-trump, poor immigrant road movie.

Hardly much action and even the action is a bit tame and lame and Liam just seems to sleepwalk his way through this, perhaps he realised it was going to be a bit of a turkeyburger after the first 10 mins.

It has its positives with quite lush photography and is more like a travelogue across America than a movie and contains more relatively boring dialogue than the usual Neeson vehicle; some scenes however; particularly regarding his dead wife are quite sad as it must have been quite hard for Neeson to perform them as it was exactly what happened to his real life wife and you can almost feel this in his delivery of those lines. The young chap who plays the boy hardly says a word and his acting is dreadful.

It is still a fairly interesting watch and it still gets a fair average 5/10 from me on this one.

jonsid57 22 January 2021

This film was just ok . It did drag on a bit and could have been shorter . Liam Neeson seems to play the same sort of character in all his action films . The film has its moments but is more drama than action . The main villain is very good in his role . Watchable film but nothing amazing .

artistbe 29 April 2021

Watching this road trip to Chicago to save a kid from the cartel was a painstaking mistake of a bad story and mediocre acting. When Jackson gets shot by the mean cartel leader, that was the beginning of the end for me.

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