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God help me, but I’m actually looking forward to this.

I really want Julianne Moore to be the villain.

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US/Canada release date: Feb 28 2014 | UK release date: Feb 28 2014
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  • RogerBW

    …yeah, maybe.

    If Grunt Ironjaw there actually gets some characterisation.

  • http://www.flickfilosopher.com/ MaryAnn Johanson

    Oh, that’s not gonna happen.

  • Bluejay

    Is Liam Neeson supposed to be an American in this one? His “American” accent has never been that convincing to me.

    Not that Americans can’t have all sorts of accents, of course.

  • http://www.flickfilosopher.com/ MaryAnn Johanson

    He sounds pretty Irish here to me. Doesn’t mean his character can’t be a naturalized citizen. I wonder if you need to be a citizen to be an air marshal?

  • David_Conner

    Pretty much all Federal jobs require citizenship (and particularly the ones requiring national security and/or public trust clearance – even contractors need to be citizens for those), though there are rare special exemptions and hiring authorities.

    All that being said, I’m reasonably sure one of the universally-recognized exceptions is “I’m Liam Neeson.”

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    Yeah, I’m probably gonna see this too. What is it about Liam Neeson that we’re all still willing to support his ongoing grief counseling, no matter how bad the movies look?

  • Danielm80

    He’ll be both brave and courageous.

  • Danielm80

    I’m not going to see it unless there are snakes on the plane.

  • MisterAntrobus

    Oh, man. That needs to be a comedy sketch all its own. The possibilities are endless . . .

    “I’m sorry, tourists aren’t allowed inside the Statue of Liberty anymore.”
    “I’m Liam Neeson.”
    “Right this way, sir.”

    “Hey, buddy, you can’t park there! It’s a loading zone!”
    “I’m Liam Neeson.”
    “OK. I’ll make sure nobody tows you.”

    “We don’t sell the Pumpkin Spice Latte in April, sir. It’s a seasonal offering only.”
    “I’m Liam Neeson.”
    “Coming right up.”

  • LaSargenta

    And I’m not going to see it unless I’m gonna hear Liam Neeson ask “Who let all the mo**********ing snakes on this mo**********ing plane?!”

  • Danielm80

    Oh dear. Now I’m imagining other actors saying the line: Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Judi Dench.

  • Bluejay

    Even better if the person saying “I’m Liam Neeson” isn’t necessarily Liam Neeson.

  • LaSargenta

    I think Julianne Moore would make a FANTASTIC villain.

  • LaSargenta

    “You need to wear a condom.”
    “I’m Liam Neeson.”
    “Oh, fine.”

  • LaSargenta

    Helen Mirren!!

  • Danielm80

    In her next film, Meryl Streep will play Liam Neeson, and she’ll sound more like Liam Neeson than Liam Neeson sounds like Liam Neeson.

  • http://www.flickfilosopher.com/ MaryAnn Johanson

    That line would sound particularly good in an Irish accent.

  • http://www.flickfilosopher.com/ MaryAnn Johanson

    Maybe the snakes are the ones killiing people. That’s why they need to use the pager thingie: they can’t talk, but they can type.

  • MisterAntrobus

    On a slightly different note, has anybody else noticed how frequently movie reporters have referred to Liam Neeson’s recent spate of action films as somehow improbable or out of character? I’m baffled by this . . . Did they not see Excalibur, Krull, Darkman, Rob Roy, The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins, etc., etc., etc. . . . ? Are they just surprised that he’s still doing it after sixty? Nobody says that about Bruce Willis.

  • http://www.flickfilosopher.com/ MaryAnn Johanson

    I’m operating under the *Law and Order* rule of Guessing Whodunnit: it’s always the most recognizable guest star.

  • http://www.flickfilosopher.com/ MaryAnn Johanson

    He’s a great big hulk of a lad. He was a boxer. Seems perfectly cast to me.

  • Bluejay

    Those films you mentioned, though, are mostly fantasies or historical dramas where he wears fancy costumes and/or wields bladed weapons. Maybe it’s just that he’s not (yet) easily associated with the straightforward “guy with gun” genre.

  • Bluejay

    So it’s Lady Mary? :-)

  • MisterAntrobus

    ExACTly. Not a big mystery here.

  • http://www.flickfilosopher.com/ MaryAnn Johanson

    I don’t get it.

  • Bluejay

    Sorry. The film also stars Michelle Dockery (she’s the one in the still image for the trailer), whom legions of viewers will recognize as Lady Mary Crawley from Downton Abbey.

  • http://www.flickfilosopher.com/ MaryAnn Johanson

    Ah. You think she’s more recognizable than Julianne Moore?

  • Tonio Kruger

    Heh.

  • Tonio Kruger

    I wouldn’t. :)

  • Bluejay

    That was the intended joke, yes. Although in certain circles — my family, for instance — it’s probably true.

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