The Marksman – Blu-ray Review

The Marksman

Despite being called The Marksman, the film doesn’t have a lot of gunfights going on. Instead, The Marksman is an action-thriller that feels more like a Clint Eastwood film than the next Taken franchise. It’s not surprising since director Robert Lorenz has a history with Eastwood. First, working alongside him as a producer and assistant director on Eastwood-helmed films, then directing him in 2012’s Trouble with the Curve

Aside from the occasional action sequences, the budding guardian/child relationship built between Jim (Liam Neeson) and Miguel (Jacob Perez) is the engine that drives the whole film. Neeson is the gruff old man that lightens up during his road trip with the kid. Along the way, the two forge a deep relationship that feels earned. In a way, it’s similar to the basic premise of Pixar’s Up but with more Mexican drug cartels. Yet its similarity to Up doesn’t mean it’s as good as the Pixar classic. The film is as generic, predictable, and stereotypical as they come. It tries hard to be a John Wick and Clint Eastwood hybrid but falls way short of those expectations. 

If you’ve only seen his recent action films (and not the fantastic Made in Italy), one might forget that he was once an Oscar-nominated actor. For the most part, Neeson spends most of the film just playing himself. There’s even an effort at a Texas accent, but it doesn’t stick. Nevertheless, Neeson’s best work in Marksman is when he channels his inner Love, Actually as he’s working with the young Jacob Perez. Neeson’s charm and likability are on full display when he acts alongside him.

Overall, The Marksman isn’t the most memorable of Liam Neeson films. Not to mention, it does little to stand out from his other forgettable action films like The Commuter and The Honest Thief. Regardless, Marksman is still a serviceable thriller thanks to Neeson’s charming Eastwood-esque performance.

Movie Rating: 2.5/5 atoms

The Marksman - Liam Neeson

Video

The Marksman hits Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-AVC with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The white levels are a vibrant white with a warm tint to them. There’s also no bloom in these bright areas—something you can see the cloud texture in the gray, cloudy skies. The black levels are a deep black without a hint of crush in the shadows or nighttime scenes. As for the color saturation, they have a natural saturation that accentuates the natural beauty of the American countryside. There is softness around the edges of the actors, but the overall details are still sharp. Overall, the video looks great.

Video Rating: 5/5 atoms

The Marksman - Liam Neeson and Jacob Perez

Audio

The Marksman hits Blu-ray with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. A lot of the audio mix is front-loaded. Not to mention, the static sounding score mostly comes from the front channels. Thankfully, there are subtle yet distinct atmospheric effects that occur quite often. From the outdoor bar noise to the crickets and birds chirping in the wild, you’ll find that it adds a nice layer to the experience. The dialogue is crystal clear coming from the center speaker. Overall, this is a good audio mix that lacks any punch to it.

Audio Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

The Marksman - Liam Neeson

Special Features

The Marksman‘s Blu-ray disc has the following special features on Blu-ray disc:

  • The Making of The Marksman

The audio levels of the behind-the-scenes aren’t optimized, so there’s a low-fidelity, slight echo to the interviews. Unfortunately, the conversations themselves don’t delve deep into the production of the film. It’s mostly a “love fest,” where the cast and crew talk positively about the people that worked on the film.

Special Features Rating: 1/5 atoms


Despite feeling like a Clint Eastwood film, The Marksman is yet another forgettable Liam Neeson actioner. The video and audio are both equally good, but the special features are non-existent.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 atoms

The Marksman hits stores on Blu-ray on May 11th.

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

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