Honest Thief Review: Liam Neeson Takes On Crooked Cops In Generic Action Thriller

It’s no ‘Taken’. It’s no ‘Taken 3’ either.

Honest Thief (PG13)

Starring Liam Neeson, Kate Walsh, Jeffrey Donovan, Jai Courtney

Directed by Mark Williams

Liam Neeson plays a career robber who decided to quit his day-job and settle down with the love of his life (Kate Walsh, lovely). So he turns himself in along with the US$9 million he’s stolen over the years, only to be double-crossed by a pair of corrupt agents (Jai Courtney and Anthony Ramos). Baaad mistake, fellas. A Liam Neeson action movie means two things: (1) it will not attract Oscar buzz, and (2), you get to see the 21st century Charles Bronson tear baddies half his age a new one and then some. Honest Thief satisfies those requirements but is far from satisfying as a whole. The lack of urgency, especially in the half second — after Neeson says “I’m coming after you” — is a concern: it should be flooring its accelerator in high gear but is stuck in neutral instead. Even when Neeson, ever the consummate performer, gets to display his particular set of skills (a former demolition expert), the ensuing chaos fails to yield any genuine excitement. Pretty generic stuff but Burn Notice’s Jeffrey Donovan provides some odd comic relief as a sympathetic cop weathering a marital crisis. (**1/2)

Photo: Shaw Organisation 

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