In The Marksman, we first see Liam Neeson in his typical resting position, with binoculars to his eyes, rifle slung over his shoulder, and loyal canine friend close by. True, he doesn’t play a quiet, peaceful guy who gets pushed too far in every film, but after his late-career breakthrough in 2008’s Taken, he’s been cast in roles where he plays a quiet, peaceful guy who gets pushed too far. To be honest, he’s pretty good at it. It’s a unique collection of abilities honed over the course of a long career.
As a result, we believe we already know Jim Hanson when we meet him in The Marksman. He’s a widower and a war vet with a good moral compass, and he’s an Arizona rancher with an inexplicable Irish accent. His first instinct is to call the border patrol when a Mexican refugee and her young son wander into his house. But when he realizes they’re being followed by armed gang members, the gun becomes more than a fashion statement.