Even stranger, speaking of Arnold, is the uptick in over-the-hill action stars hitting the screen with guns a-blazing now that they’ve either won their Oscars or stopped trying. This genre is where Liam Neeson is a Viking: he’s Hollywood’s undisputed badass of the AARP. Neeson sells(ish) the old, weary, broken-down action hero because he does it all with a self-conscious cocktail of defeat and resigned acceptance. The dignity of Neeson’s persona and the lack thereof in his current films (minus The Lego Movie) makes the old dog actioner a novelty, especially now that he has fully appropriated and embraced said novelty. It’s a shame that The Gunman isn’t a Liam Neeson movie. I half-seriously mean that sentiment.
Rating: ★★ (out of ★★★★★)
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