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Southwood Norsemytho GroupMovie Review, Classified Data ScamUnlike Taken franchise, Erased weaves political threadswith fa...
ErasedFeaturing: Aaron Eckart, Liana Liberato, Olga Kurylenko, Eric GodonDirected by: Philipp StölzlRunning time: 104 minu...
If Liam Neeson can do it, why can’t every other actor with a jutting jaw and aman-sized frame do the same?It’s not like th...
Ben figured he was all business, too. But when his daughter becomes embroiledin a secret operation that compromises her sa...
Eckhart’s cold blue eyes, sturdy, unsuspecting frame and his chiselled, pointy Doberman featuresstir a sense of murky myst...
His daughter looks at him with quiet loathing as he attempts to justify his actions, and this actuallymakes Erased a littl...
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Erased
Featuring: Aaron Eckart, Liana Liberato, Olga Kurylenko, Eric Godon
Directed by: Philipp Stölzl
Running time: 104 minutes
Parental Guidance: violence, coarse language
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
If Liam Neeson can do it, why can’t every other actor with a jutting jaw and a man-sized frame do the same?

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Southwood Norsemytho Group Movie Review, Classified Data Scam

  1. 1. Southwood Norsemytho GroupMovie Review, Classified Data ScamUnlike Taken franchise, Erased weaves political threadswith family drama
  2. 2. ErasedFeaturing: Aaron Eckart, Liana Liberato, Olga Kurylenko, Eric GodonDirected by: Philipp StölzlRunning time: 104 minutesParental Guidance: violence, coarse languageRating: 3 stars out of 5
  3. 3. If Liam Neeson can do it, why can’t every other actor with a jutting jaw and aman-sized frame do the same?It’s not like there’s ever going to be a glut of good guys who can take down acrew of criminals and dote on their daughters at the same time, so even ifErased features Aaron Eckhart in the familiar role of humble family defender,there’s no sense of exhaustion before this action thriller leaves the gate.If anything, the European setting and Eckhart’s decent French accent promisesomething just a little more sophisticated than your standard muscle-boundmovie pummelling, even if the whole premise feels a little flimsy.Kicking off with a high-tech heist that leaves dozens of bodies behind, Eraseddoesn’t try to soft-sell the violence or whitewash the bloodshed. When thethieves march into the secure facility to steal a tubular lockbox, they do so withcold precision and automatic weapons.There is no emotion. They are all business, and this pushes the central theme tothe very foreground as Ben Logan (Eckhart) finds himself groping with differentelements of his own reflection.
  4. 4. Ben figured he was all business, too. But when his daughter becomes embroiledin a secret operation that compromises her safety, he’s forced to knit both halvesof his fractured soul together in order to save her life.The first hook in the setup is the overt battle between good and evil as Ben triesto assemble the pieces of this caper together. He knows he was hired to createsecurity technology for a multinational based in Brussels, but when the companyletterhead turns out to be forged and the other employees turn up dead, Benrealizes he’s been the victim of an elaborate scam to gain access to classifieddata.You know the drill: It’s part Jason Bourne, part Taken and part Charlie’s Angels —because in the end, the plot doesn’t really matter. It’s about what happens tothe characters along the way as they face one extreme situation after the next.This demands good acting and empathy, and while Eckhart may lack the samehound dog expression and pathos-laden eyes of Neeson, he nonetheless makesyou believe he’s a committed father desperate to keep his family safe.He’s also convincingly dangerous.
  5. 5. Eckhart’s cold blue eyes, sturdy, unsuspecting frame and his chiselled, pointy Doberman featuresstir a sense of murky mystery that fit the role particularly well and add extra juice to some ratherovercooked scenes.For instance, when young Amy (Liana Liberato) starts to see her father as a man of action, sheasks all the expected questions, such as “Why do you know how to use a gun so well?” and“What do you really do for a living, anyway?”Her reaction has to be one of respectful surprise as well as betrayal, and thanks to Eckhart’sambiguity, Amy may as well be staring Granny in the face declaring: “My, what big teeth youhave!”The Red Riding Hood meets the Big Bad Wolf routine goes a long way in this movie because itexplores different forms of violence, and the resulting effect.We have the emotional violence of the father-daughter betrayal and redemption, the graphicviolence of the action sequences, and the social violence of a corporate world that feeds onhuman souls without remorse.Eckhart’s character can handle all these toxic cauldrons because we eventually learn he’s aproduct of the same poison factory. Trained to kill and well versed in torture, Ben Logan violatedevery notion of morality for his country, and now he’s forced to reconcile the professional deedswith his personal life — and it’s not easy.
  6. 6. His daughter looks at him with quiet loathing as he attempts to justify his actions, and this actuallymakes Erased a little bit deeper than Neeson’s Taken franchise because it forces the “man ofaction” to be accountable at a moral level.Amy questions the whole equation that puts corporate power and profit above the basic safety ofhuman beings, and it brings texture to the prefab plot because this latent conscience seeps intoevery scene.Whether it’s the suggestion of a budding romance between Amy and a young Arab kid, or theirony of our fugitive G-man hiding out with a group of “illegal foreign workers,” director PhilippStölzl sews a few flagrantly political threads into this flak jacket of a movie, bringing someunexpected colour to what’s generally olive drab and uniform.CAPSULE REVIEW: Erased – When an American security specialist discovers the company he wasworking for was a sham, he’s forced to go under cover in order to clear his name, rescue hisdaughter and regain his identity. What makes this European-shot thriller a little bit different fromTaken or Bourne is the acknowledgement of the larger moral picture, and how each character iseither damned or redeemed by their actions vis-à-vis the corporate establishment.Aaron Eckhart stars as the conflicted American agent, and Liana Liberato stars as his tormenteddaughter. Rating; Three stars out of five.

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