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Plot Overview

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overwhelming textA joint Mexican/US FBI child trafficking sting yields only one witness, a Mexican adolescent Beatrice Leon who is moved from a US processing center to a foster home in El Paso, Texas under the aegis of Child Protective Services. The traffickers call in a favor (“I need you on this”) from a seasoned hit man (“Men like us don't retire”) Alex Lewis (Liam Neeson) who balks at snuffing a kid. When he can't get them to call off the contract, and another hit man fulfills it, he goes on a vendetta against the lot of them, figuring the Child Exploitation Task Force is too tied up in red tape to be effective against their moneyed lawyers.

memory aidAs Alex moves into the thick of things it becomes apparent he's highly skilled but his memory is on the fritz. He has to make notes to him­self to remember the most basic moves of his plan to help the fuzz, but as in a passage from an Austin Williams's Rusty Diamond novel:

He surprised himself by discovering a knack for assisting the investigation while flagrantly ignoring any police warnings that hindered his efforts. Even more surprising was the satisfaction he derived from inflicting his own brand of punish­ment on some genuinely bad dudes who deserved it. (51)


hand crank ice cream makerHere is begun an intra-gang conflict with a humble beginning à la, (Prov. 30:33) “Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.” A constant aggravation over time can change a state of peace to one of war, as can an irritation to some critical area. In fact Alex was holed up for a time in a derelict bakery that might have once seen butter churned there. Early in this film Beatrice forcibly removes the clothing of a client, one piece at a time, until the final shirt comes off, and voilà, "PAPA, HE'S GOT A THING!" He was wired. Start removing his clothes and eventually a peace­able liaison turns into conflict. Also some casual viewing of child porn evidence eventually gets to the viewers and they're all fired up over it.

The nose is a vulnerable area, wring it and it bleeds. Here a neck wound bleeds copiously. Alex goes out on a hit and it's business as usual, but when he sees it's a kid, that changes things.

Production Values

” (2022) was directed by Martin Campbell. Its screenplay was written by Dario Scardapane, based on Carl Joos's 2003 Belgian film De zaak Alzheimer (“The Memory of a Killer,”) which in turn was based on Jef Geeraerts's book De zaak Alzheimer. It stars Monica Bellucci, Liam Neeson and Guy Pearce. Neeson delivered a con­sum­mate per­formance as we've come to expect. The rest of the actors were okay, too, but they were limited by what they had to work with; the book naturally would have devoted more time to character development.

cop making a stopMPAA rated it R for violence, some bloody images and language through­out. Although displaying plenty of action and suspense, this is a really dark picture because of its sordid material and a faltering protagonist. Other than the lead there's nobody we feel for, either good or bad, because there were too many shortened threads to follow individually in this movie version. The exception for sympathy is the helpful motor­cycle cop who noticed the old man's gun too late.

Review Conclusion w/a Christian's Recommendation

I recommend this one for Liam Neeson fans; he carried it. No doubt the book would have been better in other respects.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Well done action flick. Suitability For Children: Not Suitable for Children of Any Age. Special effects: Well done special effects. Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day. Suspense: Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Overall movie rating: Four stars out of five.

Works Cited

Scripture quotation is from the King James Version. Pub. 1611, rev. 1769. Software.

Williams, Austin. Blind Shuffle. Copyright © 2015 by Austin Williams. New York: Diversion Books, 2015. Print.