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Liam Neeson Retired From Action Movies – His Special Skills Will Be Missed | Liam neeson


So that’s it. Liam Neeson is no longer an action movie star. His retirement from action films, announced yesterday (“I’m sixty-five. Audiences are going to say, ‘Come on’,” he told the Toronto Film Festival), is the conclusion of perhaps the most unlikely jag career in movie history.

It would have been unthinkable to suggest, before Taken, that Liam Neeson – a touching, sad, and momentous actor – A Liam Neeson from Schindler’s List – would spend a decade hitting people and jumping over things in a seemingly endless procession of generic B movies. It would have been like suggesting that Daniel Day-Lewis was going to devote his life to filthy comedy, or that Mark Rylance should sign up to head a vampire gangster franchise called Bloodburst Hookers Extreme.

And yet, seen from this side, Neeson’s relay of action makes perfect sense. Although he experienced a four-year purple period in the ’90s, during which he starred in Husbands and Wives, Schindler and Michael Collins’ List, a look back at Neeson’s filmography shows a hidden love of stupidity from the start. His lead role in ’90s Darkman was a thrill precisely because he was already subverting a reputation that didn’t yet exist, cutting off his well-versed sincerity with moments of gonzo ridicule. And, honestly, you don’t sign up for a Star Wars movie unless you inherently prefer the walk around with a glow stick rather than the hard-earned credibility.

But even taking into account those unexpected twists and turns, Taken was still a shock. On paper, Bryan Mills could have been played by anyone – a Statham, a Seagal, a Van Damme – but hiring Neeson was a masterstroke. His credentials as a respected actor meant he could sell the early scenes of the film – where his main character trait was “sadsack” – to the point that you actually felt invested in his fate by the end. The iconic moment in the film is the phone call scene, the “particular skill set” scene, which Neeson assembled in a virtuoso display of controlled rage. Put that speech in the mouth of any other action star and it would be a mess; with Neeson, it is a perfectly contained For Your Consideration package.

Not all of Neeson’s action experiments were as successful as Taken. Far from there. Even though I watched Unknown at the movies, I couldn’t have told you what happened five minutes after the credits roll. I also paid to see his cover of the A-Team, and I just remembered that it existed. Non-Stop was as generic as a movie could get. Run All Night felt like it was created by an algorithm to fill the basement DVD buckets of world bargains. Despite its rumored $ 20 million salary, Taken 3 – with its infamous 15-hit closing jump scene – represented a horrific new low. It’s only fair that he decides to recalibrate his career towards drama after such a mess.

In view of this, Neeson’s retirement should be celebrated. He possesses such an amazing array of abilities that it doesn’t benefit anyone to limit him to such a narrow genre. In the past three years alone, he’s been mind-blowing in Scorsese’s Silence, heartbreaking in A Monster Calls, and hilarious in The Lego Movie. The fact that he’ll star in Steve McQueen’s Widows soon seems to mean he’s ready to show the world just how powerful an actor he is, and not too soon.

However, at the very least, Neeson’s action experience ended in unqualified success. If you haven’t seen The Gray from 2011 then you must. Depicted in the trailers as yet another schlocky action release where Neeson sticks miniature vodka bottles to his fists and hits a wolf, the film itself is an unexpectedly beautiful meditation on grief that comes out of nowhere. leaves and leaves you absolutely stunned. Additionally, he hits a wolf with a bottle stuck to his knuckles. It exactly played on Neeson’s strengths. No other actor on Earth could have succeeded. At the very least, The Gray makes this last ten-year tangent interesting. If he wants to come out of retirement for a sequel, I’m sure they’ll let him.