And although most of the films of his colleagues from the first Hollywood acting league were postponed for the best cinema, Liam Neeson, despite the pandemic, is a regular guest in the programs of domestic cinemas. About three months ago, the film "Repentance" premiered, in which Neeson wants to end his career as a robber because of his beloved wife. The combination of love story and action did not work out too well, primarily because of the subtle script. However, Neeson goes even further - a few months after remorse, Neeson becomes a patron in the new film directed by Robert Lorenzo (Back to the Game).
“I'm trying to understand, to understand. How can you work your whole life, serve the government, pay taxes and be penniless "- Jim Henson
Little by little, the first reviews of the film ("The Marksman" comes out this week in the American, next week in the domestic cinemas) by American authors can be found as a boring film "The Defender". Calling any film boring is a rather slippery slope, but some viewers may find The Protector really boring, but only if they expect action from the first to the last minute. Okay, the action continues throughout the film, but it's not the only defining genre of the film.
Director Lorenz - a longtime associate of Clint Eastwood - made his directorial debut in Back in the Game, starring Eastwood. Jim Hanson is a character in which you can find traces of Eastwood and his characters (for example, Walt Kowalski from "Gran Torino"). No, he is not Hanson or the "Guardian" in the rank of "Gran Torino", but there are certain similarities. A war veteran at the end of his life story takes care of the fate of the child. Hanson is emotionally hurt and little Miguel's fate after initial indecision is the only thing he wants to fight for.
An interesting comment by the director about American everyday life. The awarded war veteran is a modest and hardworking person, exactly the one whom politicians like to call there, who is experiencing the loss of his home and country, his existence. The bank will coldly set ninety days to pay off debts - after which Hanson will hit the road. How did the debt arise? The treatment of the late wife was long and difficult - she passed away, but the debts remained. Hanson was left alone, with no hope or opportunity to lead a normal life, even though it was time for his retirement.
There are no new, revolutionary details in the plot of the film - for the most part, this is a story that we had the opportunity to watch, with some corrections. The villains are members, murderers from the ranks of the Mexican cartels, but Lorenz did not fail to mention how brutal and ruthless murderers from the ranks of the cartels emerge. Cartel members are not the only villains - their activities within the United States were made possible by corrupt members of the American police. They help and allow killers on the other side of the border to find targets and commit crimes.
Veteran Hanson makes the best use of the sniper - the final showdown is reminiscent of the latest Rambo movie. In fact, not only the final fight - Hanson and Rambo have the same opponent.
Liam Neeson looks more convincing in The Protector than in the still recent Repentance. The timeless and frustrated Hanson's role is as dramatic as the action film, and the actor makes the most of the character he writes. The interaction and collaboration with little Jacob Perez (Miguel) looks better and better as the minutes of the film go by.
The Defender is a film in which there is nothing new and original in its plot, but the old is mostly done right. The story of an elderly war veteran taking over the defense of a boy from Mexico suits Liam Neeson much better than his roles in some of the previous films..