Memory 2022

By Eriah Lule.

An assassin-for-hire finds that he’s become a target after he refuses to complete a job for a dangerous criminal organization. A remake of the 2003 Belgian film “The Memory of a Killer.

Liam Neeson plays Alex Lewis, an expert hired killer with a particular set of skills. As this film opens, he’s considering leaving the life behind after seeing signs of the Alzheimer’s that has already claimed his brother. Nevertheless, Alex accepts one final job in El Paso, in which he has to bump off two separate people and recover some important flash drives from the first victim. He pulls off the first hit easily enough, but when he discovers that the second victim is a 12-year-old girl, Alex refuses to pull the trigger and keeps the flash drives for him as an insurance policy.

Unfortunately, the girl had been pimped out by her father to a number of wealthy and powerful people, including the depraved son of a powerful real estate developer, who put out the original hit in order to help her child evade justice. After tying up that loose end, she also calls for Alex to be killed. But even though he’s slipping mentally, he’s still skillful enough to evade her hired goons and kill everyone remotely connected to the crime. 

Director Martin Campbell shows Alex, who also plants enough clues for an FBI task force that also tried to help the girl and feels guilty about what happened to her, to pursue him while always remaining one step ahead of them.

To all action enthusiasts, this is a must watch.