Billy Summers: “The Marksman” is entertaining, but all too familiar | Putnam News


I really like Liam Neeson. I love ALL of his movies, including this one. But…

With “The Marksman,” second-time director Robert Lorenz (“Trouble with the Curve”) gave us a movie so predictable that if you searched for “predictable” in the dictionary there would be a picture of that movie in the descriptive.

Years ago we had a literary fad called “romance novels”. There were a million paperbacks with the exact same story. The writers simply changed the name or male lead role, her occupation, the heroine’s hair color, and the location of the plot.

This movie looks like that.

Liam Neeson (“Taken” franchise, “Next of Kin”, “The Gray”) plays Jim, a former Marine (probably a sniper, but the plot doesn’t fill it that far) who lives a very dull, along the southern border of southwest Texas.

One day, he encounters a “situation” that turns his world upside down (sounds familiar to you?).

Side note: As a Marine myself, I can tell you that a sniper is the minimum level of ability to shoot your weapon, which you can qualify for to graduate from training camp. At least they should have called this movie “The Sharpshooter”.

Jacob Perez (“Willy Goes Way Back”, “Snoozefest”) is Miguel, the endangered person the hero feels he has to help (sounds familiar to you?). Perez plays his role well and is one of the best parts of this movie.

The “threat” in this story comes in the form of Mauricio, played very well by Juan Pablo Raba (“Narcos”, “Agent of SHIELD”, “Shot Caller”). He and his underlings provide a healthy dose of intimidation and violence, without overdoing it. This is the only part of the film where I can congratulate the director (who also co-wrote the script).

As Sarah, Katheryn Winnick (“Vikings”, “Bones”, “Big Sky”) is placed as the traditional eye candy, with the important part of retracing the hero’s action, and also giving her access to restricted information and tactical data. .

There’s nothing new here, but it’s done as well as you might expect, by people who are professionals and do their jobs, maybe even knowing what they’re for. paid is very unworthy of them.

What’s the best description I can give for this action movie.

But, in today’s starving (big-screen) cinema existence, this film, in this context, is worth seeing.

I could have just written an exact duplicate of any of a number of other action / adventure movie reviews from the previous columns, just changing the names and locations.

Billy Summers is a freelance photographer who also reviews films for the Putnam Herald. He can be contacted at [email protected]

Billy Summers is a freelance photographer who also reviews films for the Putnam Herald. He can be contacted at [email protected]


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