MEMORY – Review by T.J. Callahan

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It has been two and a half months since we last saw Liam Neeson kill someone. Well, in the Hollywood timeframe context, that’s just too long. The filmmakers who produce Liam Neeson movies must have a short memory because all Liam Neeson’s films are the same: I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you. This time around, Neeson is the bad guy with a heart in Memory, which is an El Paso set and shot remake of a 2003 Belgian film (De zaak Alzheimer) about a cognitively impaired hit man. Neeson plays Alex Lewis, a hired killer (shocking casting, for sure) who is ready to retire due to early onset dementia, but he has been persuaded to take just one more job — his last. However, when he refuses to finish the job, he realizes he has become a target for both the police and for the criminal organization who hired him. Lewis, we see, is an assassin with certain standards: he does not murder children. However, in less than two hours, he does kill no less than 10 other people — all of whom are adults — whether they deserved death or not. Memory is paint by numbers cinema. The action, the characters, the dialogue, even the way they talked in that deep-voiced whisper are all cliche. Or maybe the plot and dialogue just don’t translate well from Dutch? You gotta hand it to Neeson, though, he is almost 70 and he keeps cranking out the potboilers. He must have gunpowder burns on top of his gunpowder burns. Memory is watchable, my husband, Ricky, gives it two eyes open, but you’ll forget it later.

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T. J. Callahan

Longtime Houston radio personality, T.J. Callahan switched gears from traffic and news reporting as a member of the award winning Hudson and Harrigan Show on KILT to directing you to the right movie theatre as the resident film critic for The Sam Malone Show on AM 1070 The Answer in Houston. Since 2009, T.J. has exclusively critiqued premiering films on such stations as KRMD in Shreveport, La., KILT in Houston, WCKT in Sarasota, Fla., as well as on The Chris X Blayney Show on The Liberty Eagle Radio Network and streaming on Radio Brave. Entertaining and informative, T.J. gets right to the point and lets you know whether the latest epic is worth your time. Listen to her live every Thursday morning at 9:20 central on KNTH. T.J. is also a proud member of the Critics Choice Association, the Houston Film Critics Society and a board member and 2017 inductee to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.