“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.”
You know, this is a really mixed bag I’d say. On the one hand, Liam Neeson isn’t breaking any new ground in his acting career here, but, and there is a but, this movie really isn’t what you think it is. For one his character is pretty much a piece of trash, and i mean irredeemably so which is something we really haven’t seen him get into as such. Also this isn’t just a revenge story for his character. The action scenes in the movie are done very well, they are gritty and very real feeling and much less over the top as the action in say the Taken franchise, but the movie on a whole isn’t as macabre as his last outing in A Walk Amongst the Thombstones. There are definitely also some twists and turns that you may or may not see coming. The assassin character played by Common is kind of annoying, you don’t get a great sense for his motivation (unless i just missed it), so he can come off was a bit flat.All in all if you like Liam Neeson, and you maybe didn’t like the last two taken movies (because why would you really), then you finally have something to scratch that itch. The directing here is solid also. It’s form the same man that brought us some other Liam Neeson films, but he also did the movie Orphan, and a lot of those suspenseful elements really carry over into this film.
Review Score : 6.5 out of 10