There are very few actors like Liam Neeson. With 68 years behind him, the Irish actor has managed to channel his career by becoming a versatile action hero capable of everything to protect his own, creating almost a genre of his own. But the truth is that, throughout his forty-year career, he has proven to be one of the most versatile performers from Hollywood, giving life to all kinds of characters in the most varied productions imaginable. With a career that was cemented in the theater, being part of the Belfast Lyric Player’s Theater and the Abbey Theater in Dublin, jumping to the cinema with Excalibur more than 40 years ago and participating in a hundred films throughout his life. Oscar nominee for Schindler’s List, on Vandal Random we review his best films as we already did with Jean Claude Van Damme or Tom Cruise.
- Director: Neil Jordan
- Duration: 132 min.
- Distribution: Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Alan Rickman, Julia Roberts, Ian Hart
- Resume: For many, one of their best roles, as well as one of the most complex and complicated due to the subject matter. Michael Collins tells the story of a revolutionary Irish leader who fought for years and fiercely against the English occupation of his homeland. A defender of the armed struggle and accompanied by gunmen, he carried out a series of bloody attacks against England that generated an unprecedented wave of repression in Ireland at the beginning of the 20th century.
- Director: Bill Condon
- Duration: 118 min.
- Distribution: Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O’Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard, Timothy Hutton
- Resume: One of his most controversial films, but perhaps the one that left him the most leeway to play a deep and nuanced character. Liam Neeson embodies in Kinsey to biologist Alfred Kinsey, who in 1948 published Sexual behavior in men, a literary work that constituted a true revolution that forever changed the conception of sex in American society, very puritanical and riddled with taboos to date. Generating an unprecedented debate in the population, Kinsey became the leader of the sexual revolution of the sixties and became a celebrity. As a biopic you can get lame, okay, but Neeson manages to gift us an impressive performance that, spiced up with the always efficient direction of Bill Condon, will make us have a good time.
- Director: Joe Carnahan
- Duration: 117 min.
- Distribution: Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, Nonso Anozie
- Resume: When they are released White Hell or The Gray In 2011, it was a little big revolution in his career. We are talking about a special film, which combines horror, thriller and action, and that tells the story of Ottway, a hunter and mercenary who is in charge of protecting oil seekers in one of the most distant regions of Alaska. On a reconnaissance trip, their plane crashes in the middle of the tundra, and the accident survivors will have to cope in extreme conditions. Led by Ottway, the role played by Neeson, they must also face tough, huge and hungry wolves that besiege them.
- Director: Pierre Morel
- Duration: 93 min.
- Distribution: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Leland Orser, Holly Valance
- Resume: His most iconic role in recent times, and the one that has brought him back to the fore. On Revenge O Taken, original title, Neeson plays a retired special agent who tries to rescue his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) when she is kidnapped in Paris by a criminal organization. The plot is getting more complicated, and we will soon witness that the gang is dedicated to a network of white slaves, offering the character of Neeson very few hours to act. A film so funny, tense and complete that it ended up giving life to a saga with numerous sequels.
- Director: Christopher Nolan
- Duration: 140 min.
- Distribution: Christian Bale, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Cillian Murphy, Michael Caine
- Resume: The movie that resurrected Batman after years of disappearance. It is a film directed by Christopher Nolan, as complex as it is full of nods to the comic and the character’s capital works, which tells us how Bruce Wayne becomes the bat-dressed vigilante who defends Gotham from the villains. And it is precisely the villain, Ra’s Al Ghul, played by Liam Neeson, who has a unique role in the plot as mentor and main enemy. One of his roles most remembered by fans.
- Director: Martin Scorsese
- Duration: 159 min.
- Distribution: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Ciarn Hinds, Issei Ogata
- Resume: The story of two Jesuits who travel to Japan in search of their mentor, the strange and mysterious Father Ferreira, is one of Martin Scorsese’s most special films and the one that has taken the most advantage in recent years from the ethereal and experienced side of the world. Irish actor. It’s a bit of a leaden movie, we admit, but the trio played by Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, and Liam Neeson, as well as the story of persecution by the Japanese authorities for simply being Christians in a strange land, will keep us glued to it. screen. A real recital.
Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- Director: George Lucas
- Duration: 130 min.
- Distribution: Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Samuel L. Jackson
- Resume: What to say? One of the best successes of The Phantom Menace, the first of the Star Wars prequels filmed by George Lucas, was to include Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, a charismatic character, deep and full of wisdom. As responsible for his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi, he will be in charge of finding the supposed chosen by the Force, the one who will bring balance to the galaxy, and fight against the fear of a strange threat that is taking root in the bosom of the Galactic Republic. and that threatens war. Neeson managed to interpret, perfectly, what a Jedi knight must be.
- Director: Richard Curtis
- Duration: 128 min.
- Distribution: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson
- Resume: In this choral film, with a good number of stories set in London a little before Christmas, we will find characters of all kinds, from a prime minister to a rock star trip, through a Portuguese maid and a writer and a widowed husband. , role that Neeson plays and that continues to steal our hearts like the first day. Yes, it may be naive, but it is poignant.
- Director: Sam Raimi
- Duration: 96 min.
- Distribution: Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels, Larry Drake, Nelson Mashita
- Resume: On Darkman, Liam Neeson plays a kind of dark superhero, a scientist who has found the formula for the manufacture of synthetic human skin. However, when he dies a victim of an attack, he seeks to rebuild his face with this new technique, and launching himself to take revenge on all those who destroyed his life. A very grateful role thanks to the atmosphere that Raimi permeates each of the frames and that presents us with a side of Neeson that will please more than one.
- Director: Steven Spielberg
- Duration: 195 min.
- Distribution: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagall
- Resume: An unmitigated masterpiece. Perhaps one of the best films in the history of cinema and the capital work of its director -which is to say- and perhaps the best role of the Irish actor. Schindler’s List, based on the book Schindler’s Ark by the Australian writer Thomas Keneally, takes us back to World War II. It presents the story of businessman Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) and his strategy to save thousands of Jews from the Holocaust by bribing Nazi officials. A brilliant, moving work that continues to leave us speechless in many of the sequences that it treasures in its almost two hundred minutes.