I first saw the trailer for “The Marksman” a few weeks ago at the theaters. I think it was in front of “Let Him Go”. Regardless, a new Liam Neeson action flick always catches my eye even if it’s built around a pretty corny premise and even if it features the gravelly-voiced Irishman sporting a hilariously bad southern accent. Actually approaching this as an unintentional light comedy has merits of its own.
Familiar elements abound in this latest revenge-fueled yarn. Neeson plays a rancher on the southern border who happens to be an ex-Marine sharpshooter (that’s sure to come in handy later). His quiet life is shaken when he witnesses a migrant mother and her young son running from a violent drug cartel. Of course he intervenes putting him in the gang’s crosshairs and forcing him to dust off his ‘particular set of skills’. It goes without saying the film looks to be treading some well-worn ground, but I’ll still be seeing it. What can I say, I have a soft spot for these Neeson romps.
“The Marksman” is set for a January 22nd theater release. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.