UN­DER­RATED GEMS

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It’s not dif­fi­cult to find Liam Nee­son in some­thing big and mem­o­rable, such as Schindler’s List, Taken or Gangs of New York, but among his 100 movies are plenty of lit­tle gems you may have missed. Here are five favourites: The Grey (2012) It’s man against na­ture in this drama about stranded oil work­ers near the Arc­tic cir­cle be­ing at­tacked by wolves. Nee­son plays a hunter who leads the sur­vivors of a plane crash in their at­tempts to out­smart the sav­age an­i­mals; this is about sur­vival of the spirit as well as the flesh.

Hus­bands and Wives (1992) We don’t like Woody Allen ei­ther, but this com­edy/drama mix about re­la­tion­ships and bro­ken mar­riages fea­tures Nee­son as the ‘new guy’ and also stars Judy Davis, Mia Far­row and Syd­ney Pol­lack, all won­der­ful here. This is Allen’s last movie be­fore the cracks be­gan to show.

Break­fast on Pluto (2005) Direc­tor Neil Jor­dan’s adap­ta­tion of a Pa­trick McCabe novel stars Cil­lian Mur­phy as the beau­ti­ful trans­ves­tite Kit­ten, who leaves Ire­land to find her birth mother — and ad­ven­ture and ac­cep­tance — in Lon­don. Liam Nee­son plays a kind, long-suf­fer­ing priest and the cast in­cludes Bren­dan Glee­son, Stephen Rea and Ruth Nega.

Run, don’t walk. Seraphim Falls (2007) Re­venge drama set in the wilds of Ne­vada, after the Civil War. One man (Nee­son) hunts an­other (Pierce Bros­nan) for rea­sons that are even­tu­ally re­vealed — but mostly this is a fan­tas­tic chase drama, set in pun­ish­ing ter­rain. Also with An­jel­ica Hus­ton. Les Mis­er­ables (1998) Never mind all that singing and danc­ing with Anne Hath­away. This ear­lier ver­sion of Les Mis stars Nee­son as Jean Val­jean and Ge­of­frey Rush as the re­lent­less Javert, not to men­tion Uma Thur­man as the doomed Fan­tine and Claire Danes as Cosette. Plenty of ex­tra-su­per-drama. Bring a han­kie.

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