review by Bobby Blakey
Ever since Liam Neeson transitioned into the action role with his 2008 Taken film he has for the most part kept that train moving with numerous other entries into the genre. While not all have live up to the greatness of Taken, I admit I still enjoyed most of them. Now he is back again with the action thriller Honest Thief co-starring Kate Walsh, Jeffrey Donovan, Anthony Ramos, Robert Patrick and Jasmine Cephas Jones. Could this be another great action flick on his resume or will it not be worth stealing?
Honest Thief follows meticulous thief Tom Carter who they call the In and Out Bandit because 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, Tom decides to make a fresh start by coming clean about his criminal past, only to be double-crossed by two ruthless FBI agents. At this point Neeson walks through these kinds of films with no real effort and fans know exactly what to expect but I was hoping for a bit more.
Make no mistake this is a good movie and delivers a decent story and some action, but with this idea I was hoping we would get something more intense or action heavy. Instead it plays up more of a game of cat and mouse in a very generic film we have seen hundreds of times before. Sure Neeson makes it all the better and is believable in the role, but it only elevates it so much before being more of the same.
The rest of the cast is good, but nothing overly stand out. I am a fan of Jai Courtney so was excited to see him here and take on Neeson, but never got the payoff I was hoping for. That being said there is still some great moments that entertain and a film that fans will no doubt enjoy. It takes a while for it to really pick up so go in knowing it has action but nothing overly stand out or heavy.
Neeson has become great with these kinds of movies, but with this one it kind of falls into a too familiar direction to really stand out as something really great that I think it could have been. Make no mistake I love seeing him in these kinds of roles and maybe I am just too spoiled from his Taken films. Either way I am eager to see him do more and this one is still worth checking out.
Grab you copy of Honest Thief availabe now on digital and then on Blu-ray and DVD on December 29th from Universal Home Entertainment.