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‘Honest Thief’ Movie Review: A One-Man Action Adventure

Article by Oliver Nash
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Posted: November 15, 2020  

The Rundown

“Honest Thief” is a 2020 American action-thriller film directed by Mark Williams, from a screenplay by Williams and Steve Allrich. The film stars Liam Neeson, Kate Walsh, Jai Courtney, Jeffrey Donovan, Anthony Ramos and Robert Patrick, and follows a former bank robber who turns himself into authorities, only to be set up by them.

The Review

Liam Neeson plays Tom Carter in the action-thriller film “Honest Thief”. A notorious bank bandit from Boston, Tom is known around town as the “In-and-Out Bandit” for his skillful way of robbing banks. Tom meets Annie, falls in love and decides to turn over a new leaf. But his past just won’t let him be. Ready to turn himself in to the FBI in exchange for a short sentence, Tom soon finds out it’s never a good idea to cut deals with crooked cops. He gets framed for murder and goes on a wild ride to save his reputation and his relationship with Annie.

For a nonchalant man clearly poised at crossroads to make amends, “Honest Thief” depicts Neeson as a virile action hero out to get revenge, making the film’s direction quite flabby to say the least. Generally, the movie is melodramatic and very thin with a contrived final twist. The writers should have done better by Neeson’s character.


The Hits

• The token action sequences of chases and shoot-outs, whew!
• Multiple death threat exchanges between the FBI agents and Carter were an absolute showstopper.

The Misses
• FBI agent Hall’s role was as good as redundant. He basically did nothing that Carter would not have found out by himself sooner or later.
• The film settles too soon for formula by descending into action scenes too quickly.

OMG Moment
The hand-to-hand combat scene.

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Movie Courtesy of Westgate Cinema

 

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