69-year-old Liam Neeson is still in shape! In Ice Road, he takes the (icy) road aboard his truck to save miners buried after a landslide. On the occasion of the film’s release, focus on 10 badass roles of the actor.
After working with the greatest directors, from Steven Spielberg (Schindler’s List) to Martin Scorsese (Gangs of New York, Silence) to Neil Jordan (Michael Collins), Liam Neeson felt on a mission. .
From Taken in 2008, the actor has chained action films, becoming one of the figures of the genre as well as Gerard Butler or Jason Statham. This year, the Irishman returns in Ice Road, a muscular thriller in which he will face a most perilous icy road for a rescue mission.
Neeson plays Mike McCann, an experienced truck driver. With his employer Jim Goldenrod (Laurence Fishburne), they will lead a convoy that will take the “ice road”, a frozen and unstable ocean that covers almost 500 km of Lake Winnipeg. In addition to bad weather and mechanical damage, there is a series of mysterious attacks, which prove that someone has no interest in this rescue taking place.
On the occasion of the release of the feature film, focus on 10 action films worn by Liam Neeson, to perfect his culture of badass characters. And you will see that on the eve of his 70th birthday, Grandpa Liam is not ready to hang up his gloves!
THE TAKEN TRILOGY
Between 2008 and 2015, Liam Neeson popularized the character of Bryan Mills, a family man who would do anything to save his family. The trilogy met with great success, making the actor a cult action hero.
THE ALL RISKS AGENCY
Liam Neeson, white hair and cigar on the lips, succeeds George Peppard as Hannibal Smith in this supercharged adaptation of the cult series. Four men, highly qualified and once respected members of an elite unit of the army, are charged with a classified mission intended to trap them, and which leads them to prison for a crime that they do not. have not committed. But the sum of their talents allows them to escape without a hitch. Having become rebels, they decide to clear their names and find the real culprits.
First collaboration between Liam Neeson and Jaume Collet-Serra, Sans Identité introduces us to Dr Martin Harris. While in Berlin to give a conference, he falls into a coma, the victim of a car accident. Later, when awake, he learns that another man has taken his identity and seeks to kill him. With the help of a young woman, he will do everything to prove who he is.
THE TERRITORY OF THE WOLVES
Like many who choose to live deep in Alaska, John Ottway, aka Liam Neeson, has something to shy away from. From his life before, he keeps the memory of a woman, a photo he still holds against him, and a lot of regrets. Now he works for an oil company and protects drilling workers from attack by wild animals. When the flight to Anchorage that he takes with his colleagues crashes in the vastness of the Far North, the few survivors know they have little chance of making it. No one will find them and the wolves have already spotted them.
Ottway is convinced that salvation is in motion and that the forest will provide better shelter. But all his companions in misfortune are not of his opinion and to the dangers that nature imposes, are added the tensions and the errors of men. Eliminated by their wounds, the cold, the predators or their own limits, the survivors will die one by one. Ottway will do anything to survive with the last, but what reason would he have to get out of it? The Wolf Territory takes us to the borders of the world and of a man, to discover what is in each of us …
In Non-Stop, a second collaboration with Jaume Collet-Serra, Liam Neeson plays Bill Marks, a seasoned air police veteran: he has just taken a seat on yet another New York-London flight. As he flies over the Atlantic with 200 other passengers, he receives a mysterious text message from a stranger who claims to be on board and wants to assassinate a passenger every 20 minutes if the government does not transfer him $ 150 million.
WALK BETWEEN THE TOMBS
In Walk Between The Graves, Liam Neeson plays a former cop, Matt Scudder. The latter is now a private detective who works outside the law. Hired by a drug dealer to find those who kidnapped and murdered his wife with rare violence, Scudder discovers that this is not the first bloody crime to strike the powerful in the community.
Venturing between good and evil, Scudder will hunt down the monsters who committed these heinous crimes into New York’s most appalling slums, hoping to find them before they strike again.
Night Run, Liam Neeson’s 3rd collaboration with Jaume Collet-Serra, takes us to Brooklyn. Jimmy Conlon, mobster and hitman once nicknamed the Gravedigger, is not at his best. Longtime friend of boss Shawn Maguire, Jimmy, now 55, is haunted by his crimes – and hunted down by a police inspector who, for 30 years, has never given up on apprehending him.
And lately it seems like whiskey is Jimmy’s only comfort. But when he learns that his next mission is to eliminate Mike, his son whom he has not seen in years, Jimmy must choose between the Mafia “family” he has built for himself and the real family he has built. he gave up a long time ago.
And 4 for the Neeson-Collet Serra duo! This time, the actor plays Michael MacCauley in The Passenger. Like every day after work, he takes the suburban train which brings him home. But today, his daily commute will take a whole different turn. After receiving the call from a mysterious stranger, he is forced to identify a passenger hidden in the train, before the last stop.
As he fights against the clock to solve this puzzle, he finds himself caught in a terrible cycle. A conspiracy that becomes a matter of life and death, for him as well as for all the other passengers!
Directed by Hans Peter Molland, Sang Froid takes us on a tour of Kehoe, a luxurious ski resort in Colorado. The local police are not really in demand there until one day the son of a snowplow driver, Nels Coxman (Liam Neeson), is murdered on the orders of Viking, a drug lord. Armed with relentless rage and heavy artillery, Nels sets out to dismantle the Viking cartel.
His quest for justice will quickly turn into ruthless revenge. As Viking’s associates “disappear” one after another, Nels goes from being a model citizen to a cold-blooded vigilante, who doesn’t let anything – or anyone – get in his way.
THE GOOD CRIMINAL
In The Good Criminal, Liam Neeson slips into the costume of Tom, a legendary bank robber. He decides to settle down and makes a deal, against his immunity, with the FBI who never managed to get their hands on him. He quickly realizes that the Feds have another plan in mind: to share his loot and have him accused of murder. Trapped, chased by the police and the FBI, he decides to take things in hand and launches out in an explosive revenge.
Liam Neeson is not ready to retire! We will soon find the actor in a new action film called The Veteran. The story follows a mother and her son, pursued by members of a Mexican cartel. They cross the border between Mexico and Arizona and find themselves on the land of Jim Hanson. Embittered and aging, he traditionally denounces illegal immigrants to the authorities.
But when the mother is killed in a shootout, the recalcitrant American decides to help young Miguel escape. The widowed and disillusioned war veteran and the orphan boy will have to cross the United States, pursued by criminals and corrupt police officers. At 69 years old, the actor proves that he still has some under the pedal and intends to break a few necks and knock out bad guy with all his might!
“I’ll keep making action movies until I’m buried”, he declared in 2017 during a preview of The Secret Man. Note that the actor could resume the role of Leslie Nielsen in a reboot of the saga Is there a cop. “I was contacted by Seth MacFarlane and Paramount to, perhaps, resuscitate the franchise Is there a cop,” says the actor. “Either such a project ends my career, or it will be taken in another direction. Honestly, I don’t know.”, confided the artist last January.