When it comes to being an action star, Liam Neeson has a very particular set of skills. The Northern Irish actor, also known for his roles in blockbusters like Love Actually, Silence, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and the Oscar-winning Schindler’s List, has been expertly portraying gunslinging heroes since stepping into the role of ex-CIA agent and protective father Bryan Mills in the 2009 film Taken. Now, Neeson’s back behind the wheel of a new action thriller, Retribution, which rolled into theaters this weekend. Here’s what you need to know about the new Liam Neeson movie, plus where it falls in the ranking of Liam Neeson’s top 10 action movies (and how to watch all of them).
When does Retribution come out?
Retribution premiered exclusively in theaters on August 25, 2023.
The new Liam Neeson movie follows a father who receives a strange phone call while commuting with his kids one day. The mystery caller has rigged the car with bombs, sending the family on a high-speed, high stakes chase across the city completing confusing tasks to appease the attacker.
Alongside Neeson, the Retribution cast includes Noma Dumezweni, Lilly Aspell, Jack Champion, Embeth Davidtz and Matthew Modine.
Liam Neeson’s top 10 action movies
1. Honest Thief (2020) - 87%
Liam Neeson, Kate Walsh, Jai Courtney, Jeffrey Donovan, Anthony Ramos and Robert Patrick star in Honest Thief, a 2020 action film about a notorious bank robber who decides to turn himself in, only to find his confession has fallen into the hands of two crooked cops.
2. Taken (2009) - 85%
In what is arguably Liam Neeson’s most iconic action movie, an ex-CIA officer must track down a group of human traffickers after they kidnap his teenage daughter while on vacation in France. Maggie Grace and Leland Orser also star.
3. The Marksman (2021) - 83%
Neeson stars in this heart-wrenching action thriller as a former Marine living peacefully as a rancher on the Arizona-Mexican border. When he finds himself responsible for the safety of an 11-year-old migrant boy, everything changes.
4. Blacklight (2022) - 82%
In Blacklight, Neeson plays a “fixer” for the FBI who starts to question everything when a journalist uncovers the bureau’s true agenda.
5. Memory (2022) - 81%
Neeson stars as an expert assassin who draws the line at working for a dangerous crime organization in the 2022 action thriller Memory.
6. The A-Team (2010) - 66%
Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Patrick Wilson and Neeson star in 2010’s The A-Team.
Alongside Neeson, the cast of this new thriller includes Noma Dumezweni, Lilly Aspell, Jack Champion, Embeth Davidtz and Matthew Modine. Retribution is now playing in theaters.
8. Non-Stop (2014) - 63%
Neeson and Julianne Moore co-star in this thriller about a U.S. Air Marshal who finds himself the prime suspect in his own case on a transatlantic flight to London.
9. The Grey (2012) - 61%
It’s Neeson vs. a pack of wolves in the Alaskan wilderness in this 2012 action drama The Grey, which also stars Dermot Mulroney and Frank Grillo.
10. Run All Night (2015) - 56%
Neeson stars in this 2015 mob thriller alongside Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman and Common.