Ever since Taken came out way back in 2009, we’ve seen a slew of past-their-prime movie stars try to emulate Liam Neeson’s success with efforts of their own.
With most of these flicks revolving around revenge stories, they’re easily lumped in under the endearing term ‘Geri-action’.
Now, a couple of new trailers have emerged with some more middle-aged stars joining the fray.
Join us as we look through those and some more of the best films that the Geri-action scene has to offer:
I Am Wrath
John Travolta carries a pretty impressive pedigree in action thrillers, what with Face/Off in his past, so it’ll be interesting to see just whether the 62-year-old can make a substantial grab for the ‘geri-action’ crowd.
It looks to be the fairly standard revenge thriller fair that we’ve come to expect from movies of this ilk, and with a tumultuous production behind it – we could be looking at the next ‘so-bad-it’s-good’ film.
I Am Wrath is out in cinemas on April 14
The 60-year-old Mel turns his hand to more senior action with Blood Father, a film that seems to tick all the boxes of the sub-genre. An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 16-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers, who are trying to kill her.
The phrase ‘estranged wayward 16-year-old daughter’ should tell you everything you need to know about this Taken inspired film, which carries with it the American-French co-production we’ve seen so many times before.
Blood Father is out in cinemas on August 25
The Book of Eli
It’s also a post-apocalyptic, neo-Western film, a far cry from the gritty realism and kidnapped offspring of most of Liam Neeson’s latter day output. Well worth a watch.
Michael Caine shoots up a downtrodden London estate at 76 in this 2009 British effort. Featuring roles from Plan B and a soundtrack provided by Chase & Status, you could easily scoff a Caine’s attempts to side with ‘da yoof’, but we’ll chalk it up to the esteemed actor’s ever-widening palette of roles.
What do you do when your are your buddies, who used to kick ass in the Eighties, are all sitting around with nothing to do? You give them a ring and ask them to star in your mid-life crisis action spectacular.
That’s what Sly Stallone did for the first Expendables film back in 2010, bringing in Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews and Mickey Rourke. The cast got even more star-studded for sequels in 2012 and 2014, taking everyone from Arnie to Harrison Ford to, erm… Kelsey Grammar?!
Liam Neeson‘s Taken basically wrote the rule book for the Geri-action film back in 2009, when he lost his daughter to a pack of bad dudes and embarked on an action packed romp to find and kill her captors.
It proved successful, with Neeson losing various family members a further two times in sequels, and essentially typecasting himself as the go-to Geri-action guy, starring in films such as Non-Stop, A Walk Among The Tombstones, Run All Night, and Unknown.
Sean Penn saw Liam Neeson’s box-office takings and thought ‘I’ll have some of that!’ in this 2015 thriller, which sees Penn as a mercenary haunted by an assassination he carried out years earlier.
It only earned back half of its budget at the box office, and negative reviews meant it went away rather quickly. But, having been directed by Taken‘s Pierre Morel, it’s a must for Geri-action fanatics.
The November Man
This Pierce Brosnan vehicle currently enjoys an ‘impressive’ 35% on Rotten Tomatoes, and was widely panned by critics upon its 2014 release.
You would think Brosnan, a man who has played James Bond, could have done a better job of portraying veteran CIA officer Peter Devereaux, but alas not. Still, worth it for your aging action star fix.
3 Days To Kill
Kevin Costner‘s attempts to reinvent his career saw him take on the action prone role of CIA agent Ethan Renner on a terrorist foiling mission.
Luc Besson was once again on hand behind the scenes, giving this film the Taken rub, and directing from the always divisive McG kept things interesting.