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The Marksman (2021)

PG-13 | | Action, Thriller | 15 January 2021 (USA)
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A rancher on the Arizona border becomes the unlikely defender of a young Mexican boy desperately fleeing the cartel assassins who've pursued him into the U.S.

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Robert Lorenz
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacob Perez Jacob Perez ... Miguel
Harry Maldonado Harry Maldonado ... Teenager
Teresa Ruiz ... Rosa
Alfredo Quiroz ... Carlos
Sean A. Rosales ... Hernando (as Sean Rosales)
Jose Vasquez ... Isidro
Juan Pablo Raba ... Mauricio
Antonio Leyba ... Rigo
Liam Neeson ... Jim
Clark Sanchez Clark Sanchez ... Migrant
Alex Knight ... Bank Man
Dylan Kenin ... Randall
Luce Rains ... Everett
Katheryn Winnick ... Sarah
Ann Barrett Richards ... Bartender Clara
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A rancher on the Arizona border becomes the unlikely defender of a young Mexican boy desperately fleeing the cartel assassins who've pursued him into the U.S.

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Action | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for violence, some bloody images and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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The world renowned truck driver John Macar, worked on this film. See more »

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The final scene supposedly takes place in Chicago, Illinois area, but as Liam Neeson steps into the bus, Hausfrau Record Shop [ only location is in Cleveland, Ohio, nearly 400 miles away from Chicago ] is seen in the background. See more »

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Liam on the move again
18 January 2021 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Liam Neeson's particular set of skills, and his grumpy face, seem to show up on screen most every January. If there is a surprise to this year's entry, it's that the annual Liam action movie is not directed by Jaume Collet-Sera, as were THE COMMUTER (2018), RUN ALL NIGHT (2015), NON-STOP (2014), and UNKNOWN (2011). Mr. Collet-Sera has apparently traded Liam in for The Rock as his go-to action star. Instead, it's director Robert Lorenz (TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE, 2012) who co-wrote the script with two other first time screenwriters, Chris Charles and Danny Kravitz. As with most (not all) of Mr. Neeson's aging-action-hero films, this one is both watchable and forgettable.

Jim Hanson (Neeson) is a struggling Arizona cattle rancher. He's also a flag-flying former Marine, who carries a walkie-talkie so he can immediately inform the Border Patrol whenever he spots "IAs" (illegal aliens) crossing his land. Jim is a shell of his former self ever since his beloved wife passed away. He spread her ashes on the hill next to his rundown home ... a home that sits on land in the final stages of bank foreclosure. Her daughter Sarah (Katheryn Winnick, "Vikings") is part of the Border Patrol and periodically keeps tabs on Jim.

Although he never seems to care much for those crossing the border, Jim's quick to offer a drink to anyone stranded and injured, even as he calls the Border Patrol. A young boy and his pleading mother are no different until a carload of cartel boys show up. The subsequent shootout leaves a couple of people dead and ignites a cross-country cat-and-mouse chase. A previous scene from Mexico taught us that the mother, Rosa (Teresa Ruiz), and her son, Miguel (Jacob Perez), were sent on the run thanks to her brother's crossing of the cartel. Mauricio (Juan Pablo Raba, THE 33, 2015) is the intimidating cartel soldier sent to kill the mother and son.

The story covers Monday through Saturday, in what would be considered a stressful week for just about anyone. Jim had promised Miquel's mother that he would take the boy to her cousin's home in Chicago, and being the good soldier, he is committed to fulfilling his duty. Along the way, the grizzled old man and the angry young boy bond while driving in Jim's bullet-riddled pickup truck. Hot dogs and hamburgers play a role, but mostly a late confrontation in a barn attempts to add some character development to a story that, to this point, had very little.

Filmmaker Lorenz has a history with Clint Eastwood, and offers up a respectful nod to his mentor by including a grainy scene from HANG 'EM HIGH on a motel television. There is surprisingly little political commentary included, which actually adds to the slowness and dryness of the material. Liam Neeson is now 68 years old, and he has developed a nice little niche for himself with these action movies that are interesting enough to burn a couple of hours for viewers.


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15 January 2021 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,104,204, 17 January 2021

Gross USA:

$3,763,040

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,763,040
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