BLACKLIGHT (2022) Liam Neeson’s action thriller reviews
“They are going to need more men”
Black light is a 2022 action-thriller about a government agent coming to terms with his dark past.
Directed by Mark Williams (The sniper; A family man; honest thief) from a screenplay co-written by Nick May and Mark Williams based on a screenplay by Nick May and Brandon Reavis. Produced by Paul Currie, Allie Loh, Coco Xiaolu Ma, Myles Nestel and Mark Williams.
The American-Australian-Chinese film stars Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Taylor John Smith, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Claire van der Boom, Yael Stone, Andrew Shaw, Zac Lemons and Gabriella Sengos.
Travis Block (Liam Neeson) is a troubled, off-the-record government fixer for the FBI who is tasked with getting undercover agents out of dangerous situations. He finds himself in the middle of a murder plot and a conspiracy targeting American citizens when one of these agents questions the people he works for. Block finds himself in the crosshairs of the FBI director he once helped protect…
In the United States, Open Road Films will be released Black light in theaters in over 2,000 locations on February 11, 2022.
“Black light is at its best when there is a chase scene. There are fast cars and a pretty cool garbage truck chase. The problem with acting is that Liam is never in real danger. I kept waiting for a moment that would try to make you think Liam was in trouble. I never had this feeling of danger. I expected more from a Liam Neeson film. Bulletproof Action
“The movie doesn’t hold many surprises, and anyone who doesn’t immediately suspect Quinn’s character is pointless has probably never heard of J. Edgar Hoover. […] Although Black light reminiscent of 1970s conspiracy thrillers – think The parallax view Where Three days of the Condor – it never reaches their level of narrative momentum or suspense. The Hollywood Reporter
“Neeson always gives fair value to these unfortunate, fast and dirty actors. But getting closer to 70, the fake wanted to show him brawling or driving too fast and it’s not that subtle. Quinn seems too bored to put much effort into this wicked twist, as do the writers, who don’t make this reveal anything like a spoiler. movie nation
” …after a while, you get the impression that Black light is simply stalling as a way to delay the inevitable action-oriented showdown. And even that confrontation is sadly uneventful, as its conclusion is dramatized – or rather delivered – by a news article. Of course, that’s not too surprising for a film that repeatedly breaks the golden rule of filmmaking by telling rather than showing. Tilt
“The cuts are a little faster than the eye would expect, but you can still tell it’s real cars and trucks doing the stunts. Block finds out the real plot much later than the trailers do. For much of the movie, it’s just Block chasing his fugitive, but it’s still a solid chase movie. IPU
“…Black light feels like a vivid reminder that the actors are just performing and shouting “pew-pew” at each other; truly gifted performers and filmmakers can convince us that what they do and examine is worth considering, but even if they don’t seem particularly invested in creating believable reality , the end result becomes disbelief and no suspension. ” The envelope
Cast and characters:
Liam Neeson … Travis Block
Aidan QuinnGabriel Robinson
Taylor John Smith Taylor John Smith … Dusty Crane
Emmy Raver-Lampman … Mira Jones
Claire van der Boom … Amanda Block
Yael Stone … Helen Davidson
Andrew Shaw … Jordan Lockhart
Zac Lemons … Wallace
Gabriella Sengos … Natalie Block
Tim Draxl … Drew Hawthorne
Flood in Georgia… Pearl
Caroline Brazier … Sarah
Mel Jarnson … Sofia Flores
Sunny S. Walia … Beat Cop
Filming locations :
1 hour 48 minutes
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
It is the first screenplay produced by Nick May, a former attorney for the US Department of Justice during the Obama administration, and Brandon Reavis, who developed the story with May. It was originally called Under the cover of darkness
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