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Movie Review: The Marksman, Director: Robert Lorenz, 2022

It's a little sad to see Liam Neeson approaching 70 years old and acting in movies that don't match the glorious acting career that has been going on for decades. The man who played Schindler in the immortal Schindler's List became an actor in action movies, some of which are just bad.

At his age, he can afford to choose slightly more appropriate scripts, but apparently the amounts he receives compensate for the black spot on his glorious record. The film follows a farmer whose wife has died, and he is very frustrated by the state his farm has deteriorated. Of course, his daughter belongs to the Border Police, and he is a former Marine. All these details would not have mattered if fate and the screenwriter of the film had not decided that he would randomly meet a boy fleeing Mexico and his mother who happened to steal money from the Mexican cartel. After he finds them at the border and gives them a ride, a shootout ensues in which the mother dies, and Nissan decides to take responsibility for the child's fate.

Thousands of movies are surprisingly like Marksman, which has not even an iota of originality. You can watch the moves and even the dialogues. It takes a lot more than a generic backstory about Nesson being an ex-fighter to justify his fighting ability at his advanced age. Even so, the action is tired and unimpressive. The realistic atmosphere of the film makes it look farcical and it seems that all the actors also came to cash a check and therefore the acting is one of the worst I've seen.

There are very few good reasons to see The Marksman, it's not necessarily a bad movie but it just happened to hit the theaters and now it needs to join a streaming service and sink deep into the library. It's not a movie Liam Neeson will be remembered for and it's better that way.

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