He has to be the unluckiest person. Every film role has him working to avoid a calamity or rushing to clear him name. What other person has such back luck?
Since Taken (2008), Liam Neeson has specialized in this action/thriller genre. A brooding action star for much of his career, even when he plays a flawed character, Neeson is fueled by pheromones. Perhaps it is it his deep, but soft Irish accent that conveys warmth despite his imposing size.
The man is now 68 years old, a bit long in the tooth for fight and chase scenes, but he is in great shape for his age. Neeson plays men two decades younger, like in Honest Thief.
A former military landmine detector becomes a bank robber. He robs a series of banks over nine years, but does not spend the money. He meets a woman, falls in love, and wants to come clean for a reduced prison sentence.
From the title, I thought maybe this was a Disney film. An honest thief? What does that mean? Is that like a hooker with a heart of gold?
Neeson plays yet another character who is trying to get himself out of a hole. I knew I’d have to suspend my belief and just go with the flow, not thinking too much about logic or reality. Actually, that describes many of his films. So, after suspending belief, it’s a very entertaining film. Predictable, yes.
He also plays a younger man, because Neeson can get away with it. He’s fit, dark hair and moves believably for his age. Stallone or Schwarzenegger aren’t the only senior citizens pounding guys.
Neeson is a likeable guy, which explains why he can also slide into romantic leads every once in awhile. He does not act like a superhero, just an average guy who possesses skills and experience the rest of us do not have. He might have the bad luck to always end up in a jam, but thankfully the scriptwriters make sure he gets out alive.
You might remember Neeson as Oskar Shindler in Shindler’s List (1993). That film was almost thirty years ago, but Neeson looks remarkably the same. Interestingly, Neeson plays more action roles today than he did then. Like the rest of us, he has good genes and lives right.