The Marksman (2021) – Review

A local rancher (Liam Neeson) living near to the Arizona border quickly becomes the unlikely defender of a young Mexican boy and his helpless mother, after the pair were desperately trying to flee from the cartel assassins, who will stop at nothing to see them both killed. Released originally in January of 2021, The Marksman has recently been added to the ever-expanding Amazon Prime Video catalogue – a simple but effective story that is more than watchable.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Director: Robert Lorenz
Writers: Robert Lorenz, Chris Charles, Danny Kravitz
Starring: Liam Neeson, Jacob Perez, Juan Pablo Raba, Jose Vasquez

The Marksman goes down as the second film released in 2021 featuring Liam Neeson, and it’s fair to say that it serves as a stark contrast to the cold and icy terrain of The Ice Road (2021), reviewed several months, and a movie very similar in terms of budget and overall production value.

From a storyline perspective, it seemed to be as straightforward as you could imagine – a classic tale of cat and mouse, with the gunslinging, all American hero (who also had some rather typical demons tucked away), attempting to save a desperate family from the savage Mexican cartel, with one or two minor twists and turns injected along the way. As with most productions filmed around the American mid-west, there were some impressive moments of cinematography on display too, along with a half decent soundtrack, that sadly that didn’t quite get the airtime it deserved in my opinion.

The Marksman wasn’t overloaded with action, despite the rather impactful climax to the picture and the one or two manic moments of madness sprinkled throughout, but I don’t think that was the purpose of the film in general. It managed to serve as a good, suspenseful drama, but it’s fair to say that without Liam Neeson and his star power spearheading the majority of each scene, it may not have come across as appealing as some have found the flick.

In terms of the cast, and as previously mentioned, Liam Neeson starred as Jim Hanson, consequently commanding the majority of screentime, with Jacob Perez adopting the role of Miguel, the young boy that the story largely centered around. Elsewhere, Juan Pablo Raba and Jose Vasquez each appeared as Mauricio and Isidro, respectively, just two of the many Mexican cartel members that the film featured.

All in all, there were some moments throughout the movie that stagnated to an extent, with the bond between the two main characters playing a key role. The runtime, which stood at one-hundred and eight-minutes, more than likely could have been reduced slightly, and that’s certainly something the filmmakers should have considered. The Marksman is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

“I don’t scare easy…”

Jim Hanson – The Marksman

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