director: mark williams (a family man)
starring: liam neeson, kate walsh, jai courtney and jeffrey donovan
REVIEWER: lyall carter
Wanting to lead an honest life, a notorious bank robber turns himself in, only to be double-crossed by two ruthless FBI agents.
If anyone could deal to the current woes of the world it would be Mr. Liam Neeson. Even though the guy is approaching 70, you just wouldn’t mess with him. And in Honest Thief we get much of the same Neeson and movie that we’ve seen in his Taken films, Cold Pursuit and The Commuter. But that’s exactly why we go to see his movies.
They call him the In-and-Out-Bandit because meticulous thief Tom Carter (Liam Neeson) has stolen $9 million from small-town banks while managing to keep his identity a secret. But after he falls in love with the bubbly Annie (Kate Walsh), Tom decides to make a fresh start by coming clean about his criminal past, only to be double-crossed by two ruthless FBI agents.
The two scummy, double-crossing FBI agents should have been paying attention to Neeson’s other movies to realise that they hadn’t a chance in hell at beating him. Why even try?
But try they do which leads us to witness Neeson’s character Tom Carter hunting them down to extract justice. While Honest Thief doesn’t have the witty one liners of Cold Pursuit and the brutality of the violence we witnessed in the Taken films, the story and action sequences are still solid, gripping and damn entertaining.
Neeson is his normal growling, butt kicking self and Kate Walsh offers more than just the damsel in distress. Jeffrey Donovan is particularly impressive as the ‘good’ FBI Agent, pulling off the normal, good guy which is a genuinely difficult task to perform.
With action and tension aplenty, Honest Thief is a thrilling and entertaining ride that demands to be seen on the biggest screen you can find.