Lapan karakter hebat Liam Neeson

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Siapakah Liam Neeson? Bintang kelahiran Ireland ini telah pun memulakan kerjaya lakonannya seawal tahun 1978, namun namanya mula meningkat naik dalam industri perfileman Hollywood selepas Stephen Spielberg menawarkan Neeson peluang melakonkan watak Oskar Schindler dalam "Shindler's List" (1993). Bintang berusia 60 tahun ini kini telah melakonkan ratusan filem Hollywood dalam pelbagai genre berbeza.

Namun dalam pelbagai genre tersebut, dia mula mendapat tempat dengan satu genre akhir-akhir ini. Filem aksi menjadikan Neeson bertambah unik, malah kebanyakan filem-filem sebegini dikenali sebagai "Don't-Mess-with-Liam-Neeson genre" (Genre Jangan main-main dengan Liam Neeson).

Sempena dengan penayangan filem terbaru Neeson, "Taken 2" di pawagam pada awal Oktober lalu, kami menyenaraikan lapan watak aksi terbaik lakonannya.

Bryan Mills ("TAKEN", 2008)

Dalam "Taken", dia melakonkan watak Bryan Mills, bekas pegawai operasi CIA yang memburu mereka yang telah menculik anak perempuannya di Perancis. Filem ini mungkin filem aksi tipikal arahan Luc Besson, namun gaya Neeson sebagai Mills yang tenang dan dingin ketika berbicara di telefon dengan penculik anaknya dan cara dia membelasah semua penjahat menarik perhatian ramai sehinggakan filem ini berjaya menghasilkan sekuel seterusnya. Semua bapa ingin menjadi seperti Bryan Mills dan semua gadis mengharapkan Liam Neeson boleh menjadi bapa angkat mereka!

Dialog Terbaik: "I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you're looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money... but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that will be the end of it - I will not look for you, I will not pursue you... but if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you... and I will kill you."

Henri Ducard/Ra's al Ghul ("BATMAN BEGINS", 2005)

Menurut David Goyer, ketika dia menulis watak Ducard/Ra's al Ghul, dia melihat watak tersebut sebagai antagonis yang paling kompleks antara semua watak jahat filem Batman. Menyamakannya dengan Osama bin Laden, Goyer menyatakan bahawa Ghul bukan mahu membalas dendam tetapi mahu menyucikan dunia, cuma dengan cara yang salah. Siapa lagi yang layak melakonkan watak sedemikian kalau bukan Neeson dan sebagai Ducard, Neeson berjaya melakonkan watak seorang mentor yang tenang di luar tetapi penuh kesulitan di dalam.

Dialog Terbaik: "Only a cynical man would call what these people have lives, Wayne. Crime. Despair. This was not how man was supposed to live. The League of Shadows has been a check against human corruption for thousands of years. We sacked Rome, loaded trade ships with plague rats. Burned London to the ground. Every time a civilization reaches the pinnacle of its decadence, we return to restore the balance."

Priest Vallon ("GANGS OF NEW YORK", 2002)

Anehnya, watak Neeson sebagai Paderi Vallon tidak begitu lama. Namun kehadirannya cukup kuat sebagai babak introduksi kisah gangster New York era Perang Saudara arahan Martin Scorsese ini. Watak Priest Vallon cukup kuat bukan sahaja kerana kata-katanya pada awal filem yang dijadikan pegangan Amsterdam Vallon (Leonardo DiCaprio), tetapi juga kerana cara penyampaian Neeson yang cukup hebat.

Dialog Terbaik: "No, son. Never. The blood stays on the blade. One day you'll understand."

Robert Roy McGregor ("ROB ROY", 1995)

Neeson telah melakonkan begitu banyak watak wira klasik seperti dalam "Michael Collins" (1996) dan "Schindler's List" (1993), namun dia paling menyerlah melalui watak Robert Roy McGregor, wira Scotland abad ke-18 yang cuba menjatuhkan pemerintahan aristokrat British. Filem ini mendapat tempat di hati peminat filem-filem penentangan lebih-lebih lagi kerana babak perlawanan pedang yang dianggap antara yang paling hebat dalam sejarah perfileman – di mana Robert harus melawan bangsawan bernama Archibald Cunningham. Mungkin tidak dianggap hebat jika bukan kerana pedang mereka sangat berat!

Dialog Terbaik: "What passes for honour with me is likely the same as what passes with Your Lordship. When my word is given, it is good."

Zeus ("CLASH OF THE TITANS", 2010)

Apa lagi yang anda mahukan. Liam Neeson sebagai dewa Greek, Zeus cukup hebat sehinggakan anda memaafkan (ketidakwujudan) karisma Sam Worthington sebagai Perseus dan kehadiran Medusa yang bukan sahaja tidak menakutkan malah tidak setanding dengan hasil kerja stop-motion Ray Harryhausen dalam filem asalnya. Menerusi suara Neeson yang berdegar-degar dan sungguh berkuasa, Neeson berjaya menjadi Zeus tanpa perlu terlalu mencuba.

Dialog Terbaik: "No! I created them. And they reward my love with defiance?! There will be no truce!"

John Ottway ("THE GREY", 2012)

Dalam "The Grey", Liam Neeson menggabungkan dua kekuatannya – aksi dan drama. Sebagai John Ottway, si pejuang upahan yang menghabiskan masanya melindungi para pekerja daripada serangan serigala, filem ini bukan sahaja dikenali sebagai 'filem di mana Liam Neeson membelasah serigala', ia juga menunjukkan karisma Neeson dalam babak yang memerlukan emosi dalaman dan lakonan tanpa dialog.

Dialog Terbaik: "Once more into the fray. Into the last good fight I'll ever know. Live and die on this day. Live and die on this day."

Qui-Gon Jinn ("STAR WARS EPISODE 1: THE PHANTOM MENACE", 1999)

Ya, mungkin "Star Wars Episode 1" tidak menepati citarasa peminat obses francais ini dan Liam Neeson sebagai Qui-Gon Jinn tidak sehebat Yoda atau Obi Wan Kenobi yang sudah lama mendapat tempat di hati peminat. Namun begitu, watak Qui-Gon Jinn amat penting dalam menghasilkan penceritaan dan kesinambungan bagi keseluruhan francais dan Liam Neeson masuk dengan selesa ke dalam karakternya tanpa perlu mencuba. Malah, babak perlawanannya dengan Darth Maul juga antara babak terbaik dalam filem ini.

Dialog Terbaik: "Be mindful of the living Force, young Padawan."

John 'Hannibal' Smith ("THE A-TEAM", 2010)

Kali pertama Joe Carnahan membuat keputusan untuk mengarahkan versi filem siri kegemaran ramai era 80-an ini, ramai yang mempersoalkan kebanyakan pelakon yang membawakan watak-watak kegemaran mereka. Kecuali Neeson, yang tampak cukup sempurna menggantikan George Peppard sebagai Kolonel John 'Hannibal' Smith yang begitu pakar dalam penyamaran dan mengetuai pasukan askar upahan ini.

Dialog Terbaik: "Give me a minute, I'm good. Give me an hour, I'm great. Give me six months, I'm unbeatable."

Jadi, watak Liam Neeson yang manakah menjadi pilihan anda?

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