Liam Neeson is bored in painfully forgettable action film ‘Memory’ | Culture & Leisure

Everyone’s favorite white-knuckled, wrinkled action movie star Liam Neeson (“Taken”) is back in theaters nationwide playing (you guessed it) a formidable hitman with a heart of love. ‘gold. At the ripe old age of 69, the public’s willful suspension of disbelief comes as no surprise as Neeson’s fragile self doles out villains left and right while battling Alzheimer’s disease (no , I’m not kidding.) Let’s talk about “Memory,” the movie I’m sure everyone is dying to know what world-renowned film critic Jarod Borem is thinking.

A remake of the 2003 Belgian film, “The Memory of a Killer” (which I’m sure is better in every way imaginable), “Memory” tells the painfully boring story of Alex Lewis (Liam Neeson), an aging assassin-hire who becomes entangled in a sex-trafficking conspiracy surrounding a dangerous criminal organization.

While I’m honored and incredibly lucky to be in a position where my thoughts and opinions on the latest movies are published in a respectable journal, it’s not always sunshine and rainbows. What a boring and forgettable picture. I’m not going to lie, I may or may not have fallen asleep for a good 10-15 minutes. It’s one thing for a movie to be bad, but for a movie to be boring, it’s an inexcusable and unforgivable crime against cinema.

No disrespect to director Martin Campbell (“Casino Royale”) or Neeson (I have huge respect for both artists), but this is one of the most generic, generic action thrillers I’ve ever had the displeasure to see in the cinema. The most enthusiastic and exciting moment of the free time was hearing an older couple a few rows in front of me bickering about the movie. It was relieving to know that I wasn’t suffering alone.

Seeing the hastily put together action sequences, in which Neeson unbelievably battles hordes of bad guys (while on paper sounds undeniably awesome), was a laughable excuse for making “action” movies. The editing in particular was horrible. The frantic, jerky editing was a nauseating excuse to convince the audience that Neeson was participating in one of the choreographies. Sure, I can believe he can choke an unsuspecting opponent, but believing he can single-handedly take out an assassin while strapped to a hospital bed is baffling.

It’s a shame to see Neeson fall so far from grace (let me remind you, he’s the same man who portrayed Oskar Schindler in “Schindler’s List”), but alas, here we are. On the bright side, the movie is doing horribly both financially and critically, so maybe Liam Neeson’s next inevitable action thriller slam-bang ‘old guy’ will be a direct-to-video release and not a theatrical release. big-budget like “Memory.”

Needlessly over-convoluted and painfully boring, not even the likes of the ever-great Guy Pearce (who’s seriously underused here) can save this forgettable schlock. “Memory” not only wasted its star-studded cast’s time, but also tragically wasted my time. 4 out of 10 loud and painful snores.

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