“Mobster and hit man Jimmy Conlon has one night to figure out where his loyalties lie: with his estranged son, Mike, whose life is in danger, or his longtime best friend, mob boss Shawn Maguire, who wants Mike to pay for the death of his own son.”
Liam Neeson action films are pretty much all the same these days but that doesn’t necessarily have to be a negative thing. All Jason Statham films have been the same for about 15 years but I still love them. There’s really nothing to complain about when it comes to this type of film. Liam Neeson is the main character and he’s a good actor. He’s cool fighting people, he’s cool shooting people, and he’s cool talking to people he really can’t do anything wrong. He’s not exactly going to be winning any Oscar’s in this type of film but that’s not what they’re for. They’re exciting, they’re fun, and everybody enjoys them.
The storyline is pretty basic but quite confusing to describe by writing it down so I’m not going to try. Basically though it’s Jimmy Conlon (Liam Neeson) and his son Michael (Joel Kinnaman) on the run from a mob boss that Jimmy used to work for. It’s very easy to follow because there’s everything you would expect in an action film involving Liam Neeson and the mob. Corruption, shooting, fighting, car chases and some sort of ultimatum.
There’s also the small sentimental part of the film. Jimmy Conlon has been out of his son’s life for a long time because of an alcohol problem and has no relationship with his son’s wife or his grandchildren. So whilst trying to save his son’s life he’s also trying to patch up his relationship with him and make up for lost time. So throughout all the excitement there’s always that underlying sub-plot to add a little extra something to the film. It’s not really that noticeable if I’m being perfectly honest. If him and his son saw each other on a regular basis and there wasn’t a fragmented relationship, I don’t think the film would be any different. The alcohol problem thing is a nice little addition but it’s done in quite a lot of these films these days so nothing I haven’t seen before.
Overall it’s a good action film. I don’t think Neeson will ever top the first Taken film but this was probably better than the second one, on a similar level to the third one. Ed Harris should also get a mention because he makes a good bad guy and a good mob boss. He has a large part to play in this film both as a antagonist and as a former employer and friend of the protagonist. His presence definitely makes the film more watchable. Its 6.6 on IMDb is about right; generic action films like this tend not to do too much better than that. It’s a good film though, I would definitely recommend it.