Release: February 28
Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore
Synopsis: Bill Marks is a burned-out veteran of the Air Marshals service. He views the assignment not as a life-saving duty, but as a desk job in the sky. However, today's flight will be no routine trip. Shortly into the transatlantic journey from New York to London, he receives a series of mysterious text messages ordering him to have the government transfer $150 million into a secret account, or a passenger will die every 20 minutes.
Why You Should See It: Liam Neeson's conversion from thoughtful and serious actor to walking cinematic ransom magnet has been one of the more interesting career swerves of the last decade. To be fair, it's quite understandable – Taken was one of the surprise hits of 2008 that made huge returns on its relatively meagre £25million budget, spawning a sequel (with another on the way, it seems) and a whole new career path for Mr Neeson.
So it's Liam doing what he does best now – namely, being told to give a shadowy figure lots of money to stop a bad thing from happening, and responding in his trademark way of shooting everyone in the face eight times. It'll undoubtedly culminate in the shadowy figure eating humble pie with a revenge-spiced lead filling and Liam Neeson will snarl at several people and probably say something that will become an internet meme. Let's just turn our brains off and enjoy this one, shall we?
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