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Starring: Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Taylor John Smith, Tim Draxl
OUR RATING: ★★☆☆☆
Action thriller directed and co-written by Mark Williams. Blacklight (2022) follows freelance government operative Travis Block (Liam Neeson), who is living on the fringes and coming to terms with his shadowy past. When he discovers a shadowy program striking down ordinary citizens, Block finds himself in the crosshairs of the FBI director Gabriel Robinson (Aidan Quinn) he once helped protect. But as Block attempts redemption by enlisting the help of a journalist Mira Jones (Emmy Raver-Lampman), to get the truth out, his past and present collide when his daughter and granddaughter are threatened.
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Sofia Flores: Listen up, people! If fingers need to be pointed, we know where to point them.
Travis Block: Special Agent Davidson. I need you to keep your wits intact.
Helen Davidson: I thought it was your job to get me out of this kind of situation.
Travis Block: That is correct. And I’m about to.
Gabriel Robinson: You ask me, all these politicos are chasing their own shadows. If they want to last longer than one term, they need to smarten up, and understand what got them elected in the first place. Fear. When the people are afraid for their jobs, or their wallets, or their lives, they want Uncle Sam to protect them. So if these politically-correct puppets want to straighten out ornery protesters, give them fear.
Travis Block: Good thing they have you, Gabe.
Gabriel Robinson: If I’ve learned anything, this job’s all about finding creative ways of keeping the peace.
Gabriel Robinson: [referring to Davidson] These deep covers are like the birds that keep flying into these windows. They wiggle and flop around a whole lot, but eventually they come back to their senses.
Travis Block: Yeah, most of the time.
Gabriel Robinson: What a waste.
Travis Block: [referring to Davidson] Lucky we got her out at all.
Gabriel Robinson: Oh, I wouldn’t call it luck. I would call it having an ace in the hole. You.
Travis Block: [referring to Natalie] I’d like to try a normal life. Be in town more. Be more involved in her world.
Amanda Block: Retire? Is Gabe on board with this plan? Yeah, you haven’t even mustered up the courage to tell him.
Travis Block: It’s not that simple. I’m going to. Soon.
Travis Block: [referring to Natalie] She likes me. And she wants a male figure in her life on a, you know, consistent basis.
Amanda Block: Dad, is that a dig at my love life?
Travis Block: Not at all. Not your fault that deadbeat ran off.
Amanda Block: Maybe she does, but I’m just not convinced that she needs one who’s borderline certifiable.
Travis Block: It’s not that bad.
Amanda Block: [referring to Natalie] She makes rounds, checking to see that all the doors in the house are locked.
Travis Block: Good.
Amanda Block: Every hour, on the hour.
Travis Block: Could be hereditary.
Amanda Block: Maybe, or she could be learning it from you. You know, first it’s the locks. Next it will be the windows, the gas stove, the electricity. And before you know it, she’s going to be asking for a Beretta for her tenth birthday.
Travis Block: That’s too young by a couple of years.
Travis Block: A little paranoia’s healthy. You never know what nutcases are out there. I’m just giving her the tools to protect herself.
Amanda Block: That’s where you’re wrong. You think that it’s all about protecting her? In reality, you might be the one who turns her into a crazy person.
Travis Block: [to Amanda] Look, I wasn’t a great husband, or father, and I can’t unwind that. But if you give me the chance, I’d like to be the best grandfather I can be.
Travis Block: [after Block apprehends Crane from meeting Mira] I like you, Dusty. I like your passion. I like your commitment to the job. But you were on the verge of making a bad choice.
Dusty Crane: No, it wasn’t a bad choice. It was the right choice.
Travis Block: Wrong. You took an oath. You need to honor that.
Dusty Crane: You don’t get it, Block. It’s gone too far. We’re crossing lines that should never be crossed.
Travis Block: Guys like you and me, we don’t decide where those lines are drawn. The only thing you need to know is whose orders you follow.
Dusty Crane: Your loyalties lie on the wrong side of the future.
Travis Block: I don’t expect everyone to cope with the mind games that come with deep undercover work. Once you’re in it, it’s hard to tell which way is up, down, right, wrong. But you’re an intelligent guy, and I do expect you to cope with it.
Kid: [after Block handcuffs Crane to the car] You a criminal?
Dusty Crane: If it’s a crime to speak the truth, buddy, then, yes, I am.
'Some people live their entire lives thinking they're doing the right thing. Even if it means doing whatever is proper. But then, one day you wake up and realize you're not sure who the good guys are anymore.' - (Blacklight) Click To Tweet
Natalie Block: Are bad guys going to hurt you?
Travis Block: Hurt me? No. Why would you think that?
Natalie Block: Because mommy says your job is dangerous.
Travis Block: Don’t worry. She exaggerates. It’s not that dangerous. Nothing’s going to happen to me, or you.
Natalie Block: Or mommy?
Travis Block: Or mommy.
Pearl: I think you have an admirer.
Mira Jones: Does he live in a castle and have a heart of gold?
Pearl: He’s on line three.
Travis Block: What the hell are you doing?
Dusty Crane: I’m going to free my conscience!
Gabriel Robinson: [referring to Crane] Did he say anything to you?
Travis Block: He was having a moral code moment. Said we were crossing the line.
Gabriel Robinson: Must feel nice to be that naive.
Travis Block: Actually, Gabe, I’ve been thinking. Maybe it’s time I hang it up.
Gabriel Robinson: No. No, no, no. Not an option.
Travis Block: The thing is, it’s been over twenty years of the unpredictable. Never knowing when you’re going to call, where you’re going to send me, and for how long. Which has made relationships difficult. And now, Natalie needs stability in her life, and I want to be that for her.
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Gabriel Robinson: What you do is crucial, important work. Our people go to dangerous places, physically and mentally. And when they go astray, I need you to bring them back, before they grow horns.
Travis Block: Saving good agents souls.
Gabriel Robinson: Whatever it takes.
Mira Jones: You’ve looked better. Did you sleep at all last night?
Drew Hawthorne: Define sleep.
Mira Jones: You know you can just record your stupid games and watch them later.
Drew Hawthorne: That’s rather like jumping to the belly ache after you’ve overeaten without actually enjoying the cake first.
Amanda Block: [referring to Block installing security cameras in her house] I know that I should just say thank you, and some might consider that very sweet of you, but you can’t do things like this without asking my permission.
Travis Block: I was concerned you would say no.
Amanda Block: And you’d probably be right.
Travis Block: I admit it. I screwed up on multiple occasions. But you’ve got to know, I’m trying to fix things.
Amanda Block: Natalie doesn’t need a fixer like you.
Travis Block: You sound just like your mother.
Amanda Block: Before or after she left us?
Amanda Block: I’m worried about you, dad.
Travis Block: There’s nothing to worry about.
Amanda Block: That’s why I’m worried. Because maybe you can’t see it, but you’re not the same dad that I remember.
Amanda Block: [to Block] Your quirks aren’t quirks anymore. You need to accept that, and you need to deal with it. I sometimes wonder did the disorder change you, or was it your dirty job?
Mira Jones: [referring to Crane] I wonder if I should be curious or scared about what he wanted to tell me.
Pearl: Probably both.
Mira Jones: You have a name, Agent?
Travis Block: I’m not an agent.
Travis Block: [referring to Crane] He’s wanted on multiple counts. If you know where he is, you’re an accessory after the fact.
Mira Jones: Oh, well, thank you for stopping by and informing me. I think Little Man’s finished, Mr. Not-An-Agent.
Travis Block: There’s no story here.
Mira Jones: Says who?
Travis Block: Says me.
Mira Jones: Okay. Thanks. For confirming that there is a story. Goodnight.
Travis Block: He contacts you, you contact me. Got it? Take my word for it. Don’t play news hero. Don’t.