• 09 Sep - 15 Sep, 2023
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In the majority of Liam Neeson's recent flicks, we witness him rushing into peril to save those he loves. That is exactly the basis of the current movie, an authorised remake of the Spanish film El Desconocido from 2015. The only difference is that he is evading danger in this instance. or at least trying to. Similar to Speed (1994), which included a bomb fastened to a bus, Retribution features a device fastened beneath the car's seats. No one can leave their seats since the bomb is pressure-controlled and remote controlled.

Matt Turner, the character played by Liam Neeson, is a businessman who is always closing deals and has no time for his family. He never stops talking on the phone as he pursues new business opportunities. Although he spars with a punching bag like a pro at the beginning of the movie, that's pretty much the only physical activity he engages in. Sorry, he's not beating up the bad guys like in his Taken franchise. Matt, who is by no means the best father in the world, reluctantly agrees to drop the kids off at school when his patient wife Heather (Embeth Davidtz) asks him to.

His younger daughter (Lilly Aspell) and adolescent son (Jack Champion) are obsessed to their phones like most teenagers and live in their own worlds. In fact, one of the most difficult jobs he has in the movie is persuading his children to hand over their phones, which he then tosses out the window on the advice of the person who is extorting him over the phone.

He drives quickly to several sites during the rest of the movie, where his coworkers are called and are likewise shot. In his Taken movies, Neeson is portrayed as being one step ahead of the competition, but in this film, he is completely defenceless and at the mercy of his tormentor. For the benefit of his kids, he goes along with it and even agrees to steal money from a covert account. He only goes on the attack and tries to face the one responsible for the seat bomb and all the killings once the kids have been removed from the chessboard by the police.

Since Liam Neeson has a history of emerging victorious from more difficult circumstances than this one, we have faith in his ability to do so here as well. Fair play to the actor; he portrays a victim who learns that while he was chasing after money, he was also losing his family. The underlying message of the movie may be that one shouldn't be blind to the things that truly identify us. A catastrophe brings him back closer to them. Neeson looks well in this role as the worried parent, so perhaps that indicates that the actor is prepared to return to dramatic roles. Although we adore him in action films, we know he is capable of so much more.

Action fans need not fear; there are plenty of automobile chases and mayhem caused by road rage to brighten your day. Everything seems to have been recorded during real traffic. Bravo to the editor and cinematographer for that.