Your Ultimate Liam Neeson Action Movie Guide

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Your Ultimate Liam Neeson Action Movie Guide

Your Ultimate Liam Neeson Action Movie Guide

Liam Neeson has carved out a late-career renaissance as the biggest action star in the world. The once dramatic actor in films like Schindler’s List and Rob Roy, has turned his attention to kicking bad guy butt in the last decade. With the release of Taken 3 this weekend, and the debut of a trailer for his latest action flick Run All Night, it seemed like a good time to organize all of these Neeson action films in one place.

Here they are, ordered chronologically, and with their Tomatometer rating…

Taken (2008) – 58% Tomatometer: This kickstarted Neeson’s new action star persona. While he had been in films like Batman Begins and Kingdom of Heaven prior to this, Taken was a change of pace for the gentle giant. His ex-soldier assassin who must save his daughter from European kidnappers, was a sensational box-office hit, although it wasn’t met with the same critical praise. Critic Rex Reed said of the film: “Taken is the kind of exploitative junk everyone expects from no-talent French hack Luc Besson.”

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Unknown (2011) – 55% Tomatometer: Although he popped up as part of ensembles in The A-Team and The Next Three Days in between, Unknown was Neeson’s next starring role, proving that Taken was not a one-off action film for the star. Unknown was more of a mystery, but Neeson still had plenty of time to kick some butt. unfortunately, Unknown wasn’t as big of a hit, and critics liked it even less than Taken. Simon Reynolds of Digital Spy said, “The stop-start pacing, stock villains and predictable plot leave it trailing in Jason Bourne’s wake.”

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Taken 2 (2012) – 21% Tomatometer: Neeson tapped back into the Taken well with this first sequel, which was disliked even more by critics and did not pull in as much at the box office. Critic James Berardinelli said, “Taken 2 is more of the same, except a little bigger, a little dumber, and a little less invigorating.”

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The Grey (2012) – 79% Tomatometer: Easily the best action film from the new Neeson was also the highest rated by critics. This time around, Neeson’s loner character is not fighting off bad guys, but bad wolves in the wilderness following a heart-stopping plane crash. Director Joe Carnahan tapped into the pathos of the Neeson character, rather than jus have him choreograph fight scenes. Critic Jason Buchanan said, “Carnahan’s gripping yet grim thriller is either a masterpiece of reflective cinema, or a bleak, inexcusably nihilistic bid to transcend movie tropes by alienating the audience.”

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Non-Stop (2014) – 60% Tomatometer: Neeson reteams with Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra to shoot this hokey airplane action mystery, where a passenger threatens Neeson’s air marshall, telling him via phone that he will kill a passenger every few minutes until money is delivered into an account. The film is ridiculous but fun, and was a moderate hit for Neeson. Richard Corliss said, “Why demand logic of an action movie released in February, when audiences just want a nice, bumpy ride?”

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A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014) – 65% Tomatometer: Later in 2014, Neeson returned to play yet another tortured lawman in Tombstones, a film that got decent reviews, but was dumped in the middle of awards season where it was looked over for the most part. Ben Sachs of the Chicago Reader says, “As usual, Neeson gives a more thoughtful performance than the material deserves.”

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Taken 3 (2015) – 11% Tomatometer: And now we arrive here, where Neeson returns to the Taken franchise, and it appears many have grown weary of the character. Now, Neeson’s character must prove his innocence as he is accused of murdering his wife. This early Tomatometer rating might change after Friday, but I doubt it will improve. Maggie Lee of Variety said, “The third and presumably final installment of the Liam Neeson action franchise is a mind-numbing, crash-bang misfire.”

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Related topics A Walk Among The Tombstones, Liam Neeson, Non Stop, Taken, Taken 2, Taken 3, the grey, Unknown
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