I woke up confused this morning. That’s not unusual. But then I watched the trailers for Big Gold Brick and Blacklight and prolonged my confusion. Blacklight’s story looks straightforward; Travis Block (Liam Neeson) is an operative who discovers the government is murdering whistleblowers under orders from FBI Director Robinson (Aidan Quinn, Chief Gregson in Elementary). I’m just confused why Liam Neeson continues making these carbon copy action movies 14 years after Taken made him an action star. The dude turns 70 in just a few months. I mean, I understand it’s about the money, but he’s not Bruce Willis, a deep-fake android version of himself chiseled from frozen turkey skin. Neeson’s still got acting chops, though hopefully he didn’t stalk Black guys preparing for this one.
I’m much more interested in Marlowe, currently filming, in which he plays Raymond Chandler’s PI Philip Marlowe. That’s my jam right there.
And then there’s Big Gold Brick. I understand very little of this trailer. Aspiring author Samuel Liston (Emory Cohen) is hired by Floyd Deveraux (Andy Garcia) to write his biography. Things get hazier from there.
Also starring Oscar Isaac, Lucy Hale, and a half-nekkid Megan Fox, it’s the kind of cast of which writers and directors dream. Brian Pestos, who wrote and directs Big Gold Brick, is relatively unknown, though he did make a 2016 short called Lightningface with Isaac. If they’re working together again I assume Isaac at least is pretty confident in Pestos’s abilities.
Blacklight is only in theaters on February 11. Big Gold Brick follows 2 weeks later on February 25.