Actor Liam Neeson used to play all kinds of characters but about a decade ago, Hollywood decided he should only play trained killers.

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He USED to play everything from a Nazi businessman to a famous sexologist but since 2008 he’s basically played 20 different versions of Brian Mills from the Taken franchise.  Specifically, a retired elite killer who has to use the skills of his former profession against kidnappers/the mafia/drug cartel either to rescue a family member or to get revenge for the death of a family member.

In “Memory”, out April 29th, he gets to stretch his chops: he’s a killing machine who ALSO has Alzheimer’s disease.

I’m just trying to figure out what a professional assassin with an Irish accent and Alzheimer’s would even sound like…

“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. I’m not really sure who I am. Are you my grandson? What I have are a very particular set of skills; none of which I can recall at the moment.”

The movie is set in El Paso but it sounds like, other than a couple of establishing shots, it was actually filmed in Bulgaria.  Let’s get back to this “killer with an age-related affliction” premise! I think this might really be Liam Neeson’s niche going forward.

Photo by Max Kleinen on Unsplash
Photo by Max Kleinen on Unsplash

  • Blind Rage”- Liam Neeson plays a former British Forces commando who must rescue his niece from the Yakuza while dealing with macular degeneration.
  • Shaken”- Liam Neeson as a retired Israeli sniper who must save his granddaughter from the Albanian mafia despite his long-term Parkinson’s
  • Incontinental Affairs”- Liam Neeson stars as a Secret Service agent who must come out of retirement for just one more job: he has to protect the President…his DAUGHTER…from being targeted by domestic terrorists. And he must do it all while navigating the explosive world of…occasional bowel leakage.
  • Senior Discount”- Liam Neeson is back again and this time he’s the world’s formerly most expensive assassin who has to cope with being offered less and less money for each job. Let’s also so say his godson has been abducted by, I don’t know…The Deep State, maybe?
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