Fighting the terrorists that threaten his family, battling the Sith to reclaim balance to the mystic Force and challenging Gotham’s best to think about what society needs to evolve are just some of the things Liam Neeson has done to form a cozy niche in the world of action movies.
Neeson has slowly evolved from seasoned dramatist, achieving his greatest success as the protagonist of “Schindler’s List,” to that of a man who cannot be restricted by society’s rules in order to get what he needs done. The man, who once correlated acting with praying, now seems to be speaking through his roles as an expression of his emotions. He has put away his meditations, and is to have a more active role in life.
His mainstream baptism into the action world is “Taken,” as the actor reinvented himself and in the process became more successful than ever in terms of bankability. Movies such as “The Grey,” “Unknown,” and “Taken 2” were largely dependant on Neeson’s new bold and tough persona.
The internet will be all up in chatter as the next movie, “The All Nighter,” will be pulling forward in this direction, in terms of its theme and marketability. Neeson will be an aged assassin who will need to wipe out his ties to his criminal past by taking on his former criminal employer. What ensues is a little bit of family drama, which will have his son involved, and the classic tropes of running from the law.
The same genre will be persistent in his upcoming filmography, the most facetious being “Lego: The Piece of Resistance” where he will voice a “Bad Cop.”
Liam Neeson will continue to impress his long-time fans as well as new ones he will surely make with his next set of testosterone-fueled films, and if he continues at this pace he might be invited to the celluloid hall of fame for action heroes: “The Expendables” franchise.