Sky Movies Premiere: PREMIERE Friday 15 January, 4.15pm and 8pm
Liam Neeson always knew his sins would catch up with him. After his Walk Among the Tombstones here he is, flat on his back, in a bit of a state. With a bullet in his side. We’re going to see how this happened. Commanding the screen with his moody authority, Liam’s a burned-out hit man once known to NYPD’s homicide division as ‘Jimmy the Gravedigger’.
He’s still on the payroll of childhood friend Ed Harris, a Brooklyn mobster with a son who’s a lethal liability. But the only thing Liam’s hitting is the bottle. Until his own estranged son, limo driver Joel Kinnaman, is targeted by Harris’ crazy coke-addled boy, Boyd Holbrook. Liam shoots him dead. And gives chase when bent cops ‘arrest’ Kinnaman, who doesn’t realise how lucky he is to have Liam as a dad. A lifetime’s loyalty and friendship flushed down the toilet, Harris hires contract killer Common: “Make sure you kill the son first.” Following Unknown and Non-Stop, this is the third Neeson action pic directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, and it’s almost the charm.
It’s a solid job punctuated by a couple of big set-pieces – a white knuckle car chase, a tower block hide-and-seek – but a reliance on flashy ‘Google Map’ camera-pans makes the film look more frivolous than it actually is. Neeson, as ever, has real presence and there’s a gravitas to the scenes shared with Ed Harris and Vincent D’Onofrio, which helps to overcome the plot’s glaring coincidences. Young Holbrook stands out, too, playing a far nastier variation on the junkie who spins Neeson a yarn in A Walk Among the Tombstones. Talking of junkies, the music’s by Junkie XL, whose real name is Tom Holkenborg. Like his Mad Max: Fury Road score, it runs all film.
|Other Showings||Date & Time|
|Sky Movies Premiere||Saturday, 16 January at 4:15PM|
|Sky Movies Premiere||Saturday, 16 January at 8:00PM|
|Sky Movies Premiere||Sunday, 17 January at 2:25PM|
|Sky Movies Premiere||Sunday, 17 January at 8:00PM|
|Sky Movies Premiere||Monday, 18 January at 4:20PM|
|Sky Movies Premiere||Monday, 18 January at 8:00PM|
|Sky Movies Premiere||Tuesday, 19 January at 4:20PM|
|Sky Movies Premiere||Tuesday, 19 January at 10:15PM|
|Sky Movies Premiere||Wednesday, 20 January at 4:20PM|
|Sky Movies Premiere||Wednesday, 20 January at 8:00PM|
|Sky Movies Premiere||Thursday, 21 January at 4:20PM|
|Sky Movies Premiere||Thursday, 21 January at 8:00PM|