‘Blacklight’ Review: Liam Neeson Stars in Yet Another Aggressively Average Action Flick Story
Liam Neeson has had a lot of great roles over the course of his career, but for the past decade, he’s been playing the same character in a slightly different font, and unfortunately, that makes Blacklight indiscernible from the rest.
If you saw the trailer for Blacklight earlier this year, you may have actually been compelled to see it, thanks to clever upbeat editing and a killer soundtrack that makes it feel like a better version of 90% of the action flicks about shadowy government agents who suddenly discover their moral compasses. Well, this definitely isn't that movie.
The key difference between Neeson’s Travis Block and Taken’s Bryan Mills is that he’s not just a father—he’s a grandfather. In fact, he’s a grandfather who wants to get out of the business of doing the government’s morally questionable dirty work.
Travis works off the books for the head of the FBI who knows a little too much about a dubious incident that occurred when they were both stationed in Vietnam.
He is tasked with removing operatives who have had their covers exposed, but in the process, he discovers a deadly conspiracy linked to Dusty Crane’s (Taylor John Smith) recent run-in with the cops and rising journalist Mira Jones (Emmy Raver-Lampman).
Crane knows too much about the powers that be and he’s ready to be a whistleblower, but the upper echelons aren’t going to let anyone air their dirty laundry. Especially when it involves the “Deep State” killing a progressive media-darling millennial politician.
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