In theaters: Friday, 28 February 2014
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Cast: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong'o
DCWhatthesaid on Sunday, March 16, 2014 6:57:21 AMWhen male heroes whose children are in danger from bad guys or disease, always have the same character flaws – they didn’t spend enough time with the youngins during crucial developmental moments – you have to wonder what our collective brains are being primed for, in 10 or 20 years. Are dedicated parents going to be seem like an odd breed?
“Yeah, dat movie last night had some good actors and hot bodies and a good story and all. But I don’t know, the main guy was a bit off. He was just too much of a good fader, dere.
I don’t get it, how does a guy learn to decrypt messages dat da geniuses can’t draw a bead on, when he’s spendin all dose years, payin attention to what comics his kids are readin? How are ya gonna take punches from guys younger & faster & stronger than ya, if ya keep getting up ta help ya daughter with her homework or boy problems? Dem dere writers are gonna have to learn to be realistic. How are ya gonna save a hundred people, when you’re at home taking care of ya sick daughter, ya know what I’m saying?”
Sure, every flick has to have some conflict outside of the main theme, to be interesting. But it’s not like dedicated parents, are lacking for attitudes from their kids.
The kids could complain that they could have been rock stars, if their parents hadn’t been so selfish & only willing to pay for medical training. They could b#tch & moan that the love of their life was denied them, because their parents refused to let them have unfettered sex & drugs with a guy who turned out ok. There are all sorts of emotional scars that parents could be blamed for, when the normal pains of growing up aren’t interesting enough, to an audience.
Anyway, we enjoyed it. The action was so-so. But the misunderstood & flawed hero who was somehow mentally clear enough to figure everything out & win over a paranoid crowd with a two-minute speech, was fun to watch.
And Liam being there, didn’t hurt. Like Ice Cube’s snarl, Liam's lanky physique is not menacing enough to match his tough-guy requirement. But he’s likable enough, that I guess we’re more willing to go along with the gag.
Daveysaid on Sunday, March 02, 2014 8:05:00 AMI enjoyed it. But the film got too convoluted towards the end. Some things weren't really adding up to me and the over the top action.
Other then the last 30 minutes, it was good. And Liam Neeson is always badass to watch.