The safest place is at Aaron Eckhart's side in this trailer for ERASED (aka THE EXPATRIATE)

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Aaron Eckhart and his regular co-star, his rather magnificent chin, has been around the Hollywood scene for ages as one of the those unassumingly dependable actors who may not be filling up the mantlepiece with silverware but generally brings the goods whenever it’s asked of him. Well, except when it comes to being an action hero.

Yes, he did a fine job as the sufferer of cinema’s worst splitting headache in The Dark Knight, but as the leading man action star type, he tends to find himself in some pretty meh work (see: Battle: LA, The Core). Now he’s hoping that you’ll forget all about that, just as his secret agent colleagues appear to have forgotten all about him in Erased (previously known by the just as dull title, The Expatriate).

When ex-CIA agent Ben Logan discovers that he and his daughter have been marked for termination as part of a wide-reaching international conspiracy, a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse ensues as Logan tries to outsmart his hunters and uncover the truth.

Is it just me or does that just seem like copy of Taken  by way of Nowhere Man? Now I’m not saying that they’re simply trying to cash in on the financial success of Liam Neeson’s ex-CIA badass dad franchise, but…  Actually, wait, that is precisely what I’m saying. They’re definitely trying to cash in on the financial success of Liam Neeson’s ex-CIA badass dad franchise, right down to a shot of Eckhart on the phone trying to promise some sort of vague, undefined, bodily violence on some unlucky fellow.

I’m sure this will be a decent enough popcorn muncher when you have nothing better to do for 90 minutes, but I get the feeling you’ll find memory of it erased as soon as the credits start rolling.

Last Updated: March 4, 2013

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