Another week, another chance for Liam Neeson to embark on a killing spree. It might not be the most interesting slate of new releases but in the downtime before blockbuster season, we get mid-range violence, sweeping historical romance and a little bit of home-grown drama to keep us occupied.
For a man approaching his sixty-third birthday in the summer, Liam Neeson shows no sign of slowing down. Although in recent interviews he’s suggested his action hero days might be coming to an end, current output suggests there’s plenty of life left. After a third Taken outing in January, he’s back with Run All Night. Teaming up with director Jaume Collet-Serra for the third time after Unknown and Non-Stop, Neeson is ex-hitman Jimmy Conlon. Now a down and out, he’s brought back to life for one night to protect his son from his best friend Ed Harris. Aside from a ridiculous barrage of sub-plots, it’s good fun.
If you need to offset the grime that comes from following Neeson around a dimly lit New York, look no further than this handsome period romance. Suite Française brings together an international cast including Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas and Matthias Schoenaerts in war torn France. Set during the Second World War, the story focusses on a romance between a French villager and a German officer. Expect beautiful countryside and longing stares in this glossy co-production.
Back on home soil there’s uplifting drama in X + Y, the story of a socially awkward teenage maths prodigy who begins to blossom after making it onto the British team for the International Mathematics Olympiad. Asa Butterfield takes the lead amidst a collection of British talent including Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall and Eddie Marsan. It should at least make a nice alternative to the revenge-em-up that’s likely to headline cinemas across the country.
If you’re staying in, DVD pick of the week comes fresh from Academy success. The Imitation Game sees the ubiquitous Benedict Cumberbatch bring Alan Turing to life in a battle to crack the Nazi enigma machine. A solid story and decent cast combine in a drama surprisingly strong in humour as well as the expected emotional highs and lows. What more can you ask for from an evening in?
I’ll bid you farewell now. See you in the same place next week for a little more divergence and a lot more gunman.