The Marksman (2021)

The Marksman (2021)

2021 PG-13 108 Minutes

Action | Thriller | Crime

Jim Hanson’s quiet life is suddenly disturbed by two people crossing the US/Mexico border – a woman and her young son – desperate to flee a Mexican cartel. After a shootout leaves the mother...

Overall Rating

5 / 10
Verdict: So-So

User Review

  • d_riptide


    4 / 10
    Taken, Run All Night, Cold Pursuit, Honest Thief and now, our next contestant: “The Marksman”. Yet another movie that has Liam Neeson stretching out his particular set of skills to new environments and predicaments in a straight yet scattershot drama that poses as one of the few formulaic entries into the Neeson action oeuvre.⁣

    I can say that the acting looked convincing enough to get the characters to pass off as believable enough, the set-design and western/Mexican outdoor aesthetic was nice to look at at times, Lorenz staged the action sequences well (they’re well choreographed and shot) despite not being as tense as he wanted them to, the presentation displays the measured pacing and tautness that marked many of Clint Eastwoods past films while Liam delivers an Eastwood-like performance and said familiarity with the presentation takes a look at the overall misanthropy on the uselessness of government authority in American life. But honestly, what else can I say? There’s not much else to this movie. ⁣
    It’s lacking in subtlety, there’s more cliches than bullets flying around in this story, the script within itself is very heavy handed to the point of absurdity and I’m honestly surprised that THIS was the final result from the guy who directed American Sniper. The way this plot was directed, it could fit on a single bullet casing. There’s a lot of driving, lot of sitting around and a lot of waiting.....if that’s the kind of thing you’re invested in. ⁣

    I’d say this is like comfort food: satisfyingly familiar despite being full of starch and empty calories. But it’s so average that it’s honestly not really worth talking about.