If dropping the kids off at school can be stressful at the best of times, things get cranked up to 11 in Retribution, the latest B-movie to roll off the Liam Neeson action vehicle production line. But at least in this one Big Liam’s knees get a break as he is sitting down for the entire thing.
That’s because someone has planted a pressure-sensitive bomb under the seats of his Mercedes SUV; if he or his two kids try and jump out, they will be blown up on the streets of Berlin.
Who is targeting them? Presumably it must have something to do with dad’s high-flying financial job. But after the stakes have been established, there really isn’t anywhere for the movie to go except drive in circles.
It settles into a rhythm of Neeson barking angrily into his phone then obediently following GPS instructions to the next waypoint.
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The most surprising moment in Retribution comes fairly late on, as a boxed-in Neeson argues with a police negotiator. As they verbally clash, emergency workers swoop in and detach his SUV doors with the balletic grace of an F1 pit crew.