Honest Thief – The DVDfever Review – Liam Neeson

Honest Thief Honest Thief sees Liam Neeson (The Commuter) kicking bottom, once again, in an action role, even at his tender age of 68.

He plays Tom, a former bank robber but is using his particular set of skills to go straight and return the $9m he stole over the years, only to be taken advantage of by dodgy FBI agents, which may or may not include Agents Nivens (Jai Courtney Terminator Genisys) and Baker (Robert Patrick – Terminator 2: Judgement Day), but only one of them starred in a decent Terminator movie.

Before long, he’s dating Annie (Kate Walsh Emily In Paris) and asking her to move in with him, so it’s going all soppy that’s made him go soft, and want to throw away his ill-gotten millions in return for a deal of a maximum of two years in jail.

He has legitimate reasons for being an ‘honest thief’, as he explains along the way. Plus, he’s ex-army explosives expert, so here’s hoping for some explosions. Well, don’t expect too many fireworks and there’s certainly no expense spent on the ‘fire’ CGI, unless the version I saw wasn’t a finished print, but then I’ve seen enough films to realise that what I saw is most likely the finished version, so it’s clearly a low-budget affair.

Honest Thief

Jai Courtney asking more like a Terminator than he faced in Terminator Genisys.

Honest Thief is definitely standard fare in the alleged action stakes. Every time someone takes a corner on a main road, they skate round it at speed, and there’s a scene where Neeson and another man fall out of a high-up window onto the ground, and they’re both fine. On the day I watched this, I had to bend down in order to do a job around the house, and damn, did that hurt! How does he manage it! 😀

Overall, this is watchable, but forgettable. The only major cinemas open at the moment seem to be Vue and Odeon, and a basic ticket will be around £5-6. I wouldn’t pay any more than that, and certainly not the extra cash for an IMAX ticket because it wasn’t shot with IMAX cameras – But then precious few films on those screens are. Okay, if you have a spare $9m in unmarked cash, then splash out…

Also, it would be nice if someone in Hollywood wrote a female role where they weren’t just a complete wet blanket. Give them some balls!

Honest Thief is in cinemas from Friday October 23rd, but is not yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD.

Honest Thief – Official Trailer

Detailed specs:

Running time: 99 minutes
Release date: October 23rd 2020
Studio: Signature Entertainment
Format: 2.39:1 (ARRIRAW)
Rating: 5/10

Director: Mark Williams
Producers: Craig Chapman, Charlie Dorfman, Tai Duncan, Jonah Loop, Myles Nestel, Mark Williams
Screenplay: Steve Allrich, Mark Williams
Music: Mark Isham

Tom: Liam Neeson
Annie: Kate Walsh
Agent Nivens: Jai Courtney
Agent Meyers: Jeffrey Donovan
Agent Hall: Anthony Ramos
Agent Sam Baker: Robert Patrick
Boss Mike: Birol Tarkan Yildiz
Himself: Tazzie the dog