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McFeelie’s McMovie Review: The Marksman (2021)


I got a chance to check out a screening of “The Marksman” starring Liam Neeson.

Liam Neeson plays James Hanson, a rifle marksman Vietnam Vet, now widowed rancher, living on the Arizona border.  James has a tight connection to U.S. Border Patrol, considering that his daughter-in-law works as an agent.

On the other side of the border, a young mother is struggling to raise her son, Miguel, to work hard in school and always be a gentleman.  Unfortunately, Miguel’s Uncle has troubles with the cartel.  The Uncle calls Miguel’s mother and explains to her that they are all in serious danger with the cartel and begs her to leave Mexico as soon as possible.

During the escape, they run across our elderly hero, who tries to save the mother and son from their impending doom with the cartel.  The marksman is able to fire off a few shots and kills the cartel boss’s brother.  Big mistake.  The mother is also shot and killed as the boy flees with James Hanson.

This leaves Hanson in a bad position with the cartel crossing the border onto U.S. soil and hunting down both him and the child.

James vows to protect the boy and bring him to his family in Chicago.

Neeson’s character is supposed to be a little on the older side in this film, so he doesn’t have the same aggression we’ve seen previously in the “Taken” series or any of his other many action roles.

It’s a fun action road movie to watch on a weeknight when you know you’re gonna be stuck at home anyway, but probably not the type of movie I would go out to a movie theater to watch.   That being said, it’s also not the type of movie I’d ever watch a second time.  Liam Neeson always does a great job on screen, but the support acting from Jacob Perez (Miguel) and Katheryn Winnick (Sarah/Daughter-In-Law) is kind of lackluster.

I give this movie 5 out of 10 on the McFeelie McMovie scale.