Things are starting to pick up finally with a pretty solid week of releases. We kick it off with a new Liam Neeson flick, The Marksman. Neeson plays Arizona rancher and ex-Marine Jim Hanson. While tending to his property Jim witnesses 11-year-old migrant Miguel (Jacob Perez) illegally crossing the border with his mother Rosa (Teresa Ruiz) with drug cartel assassins led by the ruthless Mauricio (Juan Pablo Raba) right behind them. When Jim realizes the cartel will cross the border to kill Miguel to settle a score, he takes him cross country to get him to relatives in Chicago, but the cartel will stop at nothing to get what they want.
Neeson has been on a role lately cranking out thoroughly entertaining action thrillers and The Marksman fits right in. There is some humor and the relationship between Jim and Miguel is well written and played, reminiscent of films like Eastwood’s A Perfect World. There is some great action and the bad guy is a really good one as well played by Sean A. Rosales. As with most of Neeson’s recent films, you get exactly what you came for with The Marksman. Fun, escapist entertainment. Definitely recommended.
Next up is Robin Wrights feature film directorial debut, Land. Wright plays Edee Holzer, a woman lost after a horrific tragedy who retreats to the majestic but unforgiving wilds of the Rocky Mountains to live alone in a cabin with no connection to the rest of the world. When things go awry, a local hunter (Demián Bichir) saves Edee and becomes a friend, teaching Edee how to survive on her own as she also learns how to actually live again.
Land is an intimate and beautiful film with a very deep and layered performance by Wright. The role required Wright to get so much across to the viewer without dialogue and she nails every scene with emotional authenticity. Wright’s direction on location in Alberta takes full advantage of the incredible vistas while always making it clear how Edee feels within her world. It is a first time behind the camera that really impresses and to achieve that while giving one of her best performances is truly an incredible feat. Highly recommended.
Also of note this week is the new comedy thriller Pixie starring Olivia Cooke, Colm Meaney and Alec Baldwin, the new drama The Mauritanian with Jodie Foster and Benedict Cumberbatch, and the Blu-ray debut of the 1976 film version of King Kong starring Jessica Lange and Jeff Bridges.
Until next week movie lovers, stay safe!
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday May 11, 2021
Action U.S.A. (1989)* - MVD Rewind Collection
All About the Benjamins (2002)*
Bigfoot Vs Megalodon
Drive (1997): Director's Cut* - MVD Rewind Collection
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) - Criterion Collection
Giants and Toys (1958)*
Haunting in New England
Horizons West (1952)*
Infinite Dendrogram: The Complete Series
John Wayne Essential 14-Movie Collection
Justice Society: World War II
King Kong (1976)* - Collector's Edition
Martin Margiela: In His Own Words
Merrily We Go to Hell (1932)* - Criterion Collection
My Brother’s Keeper
Naruto BD Set 3
No Reason (2010)*
Saw (2004) 4K
Shrek 20th Anniversary Edition (2001) 4K
Smokey and the Bandit 3-Movie Collection*
The Cool Lakes of Death (1982)*
The Fast and the Furious - 20th Anniversary Limited Edition 4K Steelbook
The Final Stand (2020)
The Girl in the Basket
The Legend of Hei (2019)
The Marksman (2020)
The Mauritanian (2020)
Tickles the Clown
When Calls The Heart: Open Season & From The Ashes
*Catalog Blu-ray debut