Posted: March 16, 2015 | Author: Donald | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Beth Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Brad Inglesby, Bruce McGill, Chris Ellis, Ed Harris, Faults, Jaume Collet-Saura, Joel Kinnaman, Jon Gries, Lance Reddick, Leland Orser, Liam Neeson, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Nick Nolte, Riley Stearns, Run All Night, Vincent D’Nofrio | Leave a comment »
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Two movies have opened recently in which the central character use to be top of his game, but time and their past deeds have caught up to them, leaving a ruin in his place.
Liam Neeson has recently suggested that he is retiring from the action genre that gave new life to his career with the unexpected, but very effective, success of that modern day version of John Wayne’s The Searchers, Taken. After that, it was movies like The Grey and A Walk Among the Tombstones as well as others whose title seem to suggest just where this through line was going.
Now, he’s playing, Jimmy, aka The Gravedigger, an over the hill hit man, someone who has seen better days but now falls asleep drunk in a bar and farts while out, only to awaken in order to humiliate himself by asking for money from Danny, the son of his old boss and best friend, Shawn. In order to earn the money, he has to play Santa.
Things take a bad turn when Jimmy’s estranged son Mike sees Danny kill someone in a drug deal gone bad. Things take an even worse turn when Jimmy kills Danny in order to stop him from killing Mike. And then things take an even worse turn when Shawn has all his men focused on killing Mike and then killing Jimmy once he knows his son is dead. Read the rest of this entry »