HONEST THIEF (2020)
The honest truth is that Liam Neeson’s latest, Honest Thief, is a solid movie that relies on a tried-and-true formula, yet delivers the excitement and performances often missing from the actor’s typical outings.
When a bank robber (Neeson) meets the woman of his dreams (Kate Walsh), he seeks to quit the life of a felon, return the money, and do his time in order to have a chance at a future. When two crooked cops (Jai Courtney and Anthony Ramos) decide to take the money for themselves and frame the felon for murder, he must set out to clear his name. First and foremost, anything with Kate Walsh in it, whether film or television, is ultimately going to get a watch from me. She is, in my opinion, one of the most underrated actresses out there and certainly elevates the character she is given here opposite Neeson, who is just as is to be expected. Honest Thief is a run-of-the-mill action film that is made all the better by the casting of Courtney as the stereotypical crooked cop (but played well) and the opposing good cop played by the exceptional Jeffrey Donovan. Each actor positively contributes to a story that could have otherwise fallen flat.
Not every film needs to be a blockbuster as I have said time and time again. The pure entertainment value of Honest Thief is enough to elevate it for me, especially given how tight and coherent of a film it is. Aside from obvious budgetary constraints (the effects used in a house explosion looks pitifully incomplete), as well as the familiar Neeson rhetoric, Honest Thief is an enjoyable ride that never lets up.
Honest Thief hits theaters Friday.
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