The all too painful memories of the last several years have been heavily shared in the migrant experience. Trouble With The Curve director Robert Lorenz clearly lends an ear to this some with new action thriller, The Marksman, featuring none other than Liam Neeson back in grisled form this time as a white, gun-toting Southerner who finds himself at a crossroads between a vulnerable young boy, and the vicious cartel hunting him.
Hardened Arizona rancher Jim Hanson (Liam Neeson) simply wants to be left alone as he fends off eviction notices and tries to make a living on an isolated stretch of borderland. But everything changes when Hanson, an ex-Marine sharpshooter, witnesses 11-year-old migrant Miguel (Jacob Perez) fleeing with his mother Rosa (Teresa Ruiz) from drug cartel assassins led by the ruthless Mauricio (Juan Pablo Raba). After being caught in a shoot-out, a dying Rosa begs Jim to take her son to safety to her family in Chicago. Defying his cop daughter Sarah (Katheryn Winnick), Jim sneaks Miguel out of the local U.S. Customs and Border Patrol station and together, they hit the road with the group of killers in pursuit. Jim and Miguel slowly begin to overcome their differences and begin to forge an unlikely friendship, while Mauricio and his fellow assassins blaze a cold-blooded trail, hot on their heels. When they finally meet on a Midwestern farm, a fight to the death ensues as Jim uses his military skills and code of honor to defend the boy he’s come to love.
I suppose it’s up to the viewer if whether or not Neeson’s one-man army roles of the last ten years holds up once more here. His Irish accent is almost inescapable though, try as he may, but he’s bankable, and for what it’s worth, The Marksman could hit the mark. Enjoy the trailer above ahead of its wide release on January 22!