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29th Jun 2023

Liam Neeson’s new movie is mix of Speed and an underrated Colin Farrell gem

Rory Fleming

Liam Neeson

Neeson has priors when it comes to starring in family-centric thrillers…

The trailer for Liam Neeson’s latest acting project has dropped to much fanfare online, with the Retribution sneak peak amassing well over 1 million views in under 24 hours.

The film, which releases in Irish cinemas on the 23rd of August, is a remake of a 2015 Spanish language thriller, and looks to be the perfect fit for Neeson.

Playing the film’s protagonist Matt Turner, the Irish actor is tasked with once-again saving his family in a Hollywood blockbuster.

Whilst driving with his kids, Neeson learns from a mysterious caller that his car contains a bomb that will detonate if anyone exits the vehicle, leading to a high-speed chase throughout the city.

Liam Neeson stars in Retribution:

Directed by Nimród Antal, who’s CV boasts the likes of Predators and Stranger Things, the trailer evokes nostalgic memories of the 1994 bomb-on-a-bus hit Speed.

From first viewing, we are also given flashbacks to Colin Farrell’s 2002 thriller Phone Booth, given the fact the film appears to solely unfold inside of Neeson’s car.

Neeson is joined in the cast by the likes of Matthew Modine, Noma Dumezweni, Jack Champion, Lilly Aspell and Embeth Davidtz.

In the trailer, viewers are given a sense of what to expect, with a clearly suspenseful hour and 47 minutes in store for audiences.

“Honey, something’s happened,” Neeson sedately remarks in the trailer. “There’s a man who has put a bomb in the car. Under our seats, there are pressure triggers. We can’t get out. The car will explode”.

However, we are later on treated to a quintessential Neeson scene, as the star loses his cool when the caller claims to be in control: “No, you’re not! You hurt my daughter, you son of a bitch. I will kill you”.

Consider us buckled in for this one.

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