If you can become more than just a man, you become something else entirely: a legend. And that’s exactly what Liam Neeson, our Hero of the Week, has become over the course of over thirty years in the acting business.
Naturally, Splash Page readers have a soft spot for Neeson’s turn as Ra’s al Ghul in “Batman Begins,” supplying fans of the Dark Knight a much-needed bad guy with gravitas to get rid of the bad taste of “Batman and Robin” and, to a lesser extent, “Batman Forever.”
But that’s not why we’re saluting him. We’re saluting him because he’s about to get “Taken.”
This week, Neeson returns to the role of Bryan Mills, black-ops retiree and stalwart badass, in “Taken 2.” Reviews have not been kind on the follow-up to Neeson’s unlikely turn as an almost-60-year-old action hero. (Seriously, it’s no wonder he has zero interest in a third “Taken.”) But even if the sequel can’t measure up to the original, we will always, always, have this in our pop culture lexicon:
“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”
Neeson wins the Hero of the Week title for that precious gem of dialogue alone. If you end up seeing “Taken 2” this weekend, hit us up with your review — good, bad, or ugly — in the usual space below.
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