He did all kinds of work for the FBI. He didn’t ask unnecessary questions and simply did his duty. But when the best agent decided to quit for his granddaughter, the agency turned him down. Now he is ready to challenge the system and shed light on all the conspiracies that lead to the very top of the government.
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– Put yourself in harm’s way, hoping a goddamn bullet would kill you instead of the guy you’re protecting. Is that appealing to you?
– I don’t know. Maybe it does. I guess I’m not cut out for this job.
– You’re a great guy, Al. You’d make a great agent.
In the Line of Fire, 1993, directed by W. Petersen
The plot of this action movie doesn’t have any of the frills of a great creation. There is a character, a positive character and he is forced to go out on the warpath with those who are overreaching, who have changed democracy, who are interpreting the law for themselves. That’s not right. Isn’t it? No? So evil beware! I’ll get you! But first – understand the situation. But first – to separate the white from the black. Weak – to help, strong – to instruct. Intrigue thriller behind the scenes within the state structure of history with the involvement of the press, love for his granddaughter, communicating with his daughter, tracing, vytselezhivanie …
Simple? That simple? Yes.
An FBI agent in the workday. An honest servant of law and order. He’s the man to settle a misunderstanding without making too much noise to the public. Twenty years of service under his belt. Today he’s got to talk sense into a fellow officer who’s gone mad. Alas, the cost of the job takes its toll on his psyche. It’s not always possible to control it. And he is experienced, and he is mature. Talked heart to heart, allowed to splash out, you see and returned to the point of support burned out. That’s what they hold on to.
When you’re seventy years old, it’s not right to be an FBI operative, to put it mildly. Seventy years old is not as coordinated as twenty-year-olds. You can’t compete with them at all. Reaction also leaves much to be desired. Aren’t your joints, your ligaments, your cartilage, all worn out? To run? Jumping? The speed standards? Oh, please… Unless you do some light, unencumbered jogging to keep yourself fit. Respiratory, too, probably with shortness of breath. Yeah, I can’t help it, seventy is a grandfather. Seventy is not a boy ready for anything. And your eyes don’t fail and your hands don’t shake? Every day you have to be ‘in the zone’, in tone. You wake up in the morning and ask, “How are you today? Are you all right? Are you okay?
Those are the kinds of thoughts that pop into your head when you look at Liam Neeson. He’s seven decades old this year. Is the actor still capable of making an impression? Can the lead fiddle of the current ‘Game of Shadows’ be forgiven for his long ‘hanging out’ in the profession? Do the star’s exertions not make you smile? I don’t believe it! Not true! All in all, the age of this Brit’s film career is still far from sunset. And if in 2021 he pleased the audience with only one work – ‘Ice Drive’, in 2020 there were three, in 2019 – four, in 2018 – as much as five… This year promises a lot of new meetings for fans of the talent.
What is the mystery of longevity? In my opinion – in the subtlety of the ‘long man’. Trim, lean, built. Something he resembles, repeats Clint Eastwood – ninety-two-year-old giant. Tall, just huge. They are both one to one. The American has always been the embodiment of order, legality, honor. And the same clip, the same clip in the back of the current Liam Neeson.
‘A Game of Shadows’ is about good and evil. It’s a simple movie, with no frills in the plot. There’s shooting, car chases we’re drawn into for the drive, punishment and mercy. It’s like we’re transported to the ’70s or ’80s in an unassuming picture wrap.
So does the FBI serve as a model of naivete? Are there any? Or is it just clean hands that get things done there? Liam Neesan has delivered his verdict.
Codec: HEVC / H.265 (62.2 Mb/s)
Resolution: 4K (2160p)
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
German: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
English SDH, German.