Honest Thief (2020) Review

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Honest Thief

Time: 100 Minutes
Age Rating: 860940[1] Violence & offensive language
Cast:
Liam Neeson as Tom Dolan
Kate Walsh as Annie Wilkins
Jai Courtney as Agent John Nivens
Jeffrey Donovan as Agent Sean Meyers
Anthony Ramos as Agent Ramon Hall
Robert Patrick as Agent Sam Baker
Director: Mark Williams

Hoping to cut a deal, a professional bank robber agrees to return all the money he stole in exchange for a reduced sentence. When two FBI agents set him up for murder, he is forced to go on the run to clear his name and bring them to justice.

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Going into Honest Thief, I really wasn’t expecting much beyond a typical Liam Neeson action movie. That’s pretty much what the film was, still I got some enjoyment out of it. However if you’re hoping for a special movie amongst his many flicks over the past decade, Honest Thief isn’t that.

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The script holds a lot of the movie back with how generic it is. The story is very typical and doesn’t have much to offer. Liam Neeson is a capable thief (having a particular set of skills), he falls in love, he turns himself into the FBI, but is then framed and has to go on the run to clear his name. The plot unravels exactly how you’d expect it to. It’s not all that interesting but it is competent and serviceable, and gracefully doesn’t get over complicated. It is at least aware of what kind of movie it is. The movie is not very long at 100 minutes, and I wouldn’t have wanted it to be any longer than that.

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Liam Neeson plays the lead role as the titular thief. Its not one of his better Neeson flick performances, but he is solid enough and is watchable, elevating this generic action flick a little. The rest of the cast including Kate Walsh, Jeffrey Donavon, Anthony Ramos, Robert Patrick and Jai Courtney are also decent, but aren’t given much to do,

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The direction from Mark Williams is fine, just nothing spectacular. The action is there, entertaining enough, but with typical set pieces. It’s not bad, just rather forgettable.

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Honest Thief is exactly what you’d expect it to be, a cliched Liam Neeson action movie with very few surprises. With that said, I found it entertaining enough, the cast led by Neeson are pretty good, and the action is reasonably fun to watch. It feels like a straight to streaming movie, but as that it succeeds well enough. So if you enjoy Neeson flicks and you’re not expecting anything special, Honest Thief is an okay time.

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