Film Release Review
Running Time: 98 minutes
In his second feature as a director, Honest Thief,filmmaker Mark Williams (A Family Man) tells the story of a career bank robber intent on turning himself in for the sake of love, who gets caught up in a violent conflict with two crooked FBI agents intent on stealing his money.
Tom (Liam Neeson) is a lot of things, but two in particular: an infamous thief and a newfound romantic. His feelings for his new flame Annie (Kate Walsh) have inspired him to right his past wrongs and leave behind his life of crime. Although he has always worked with integrity and precision, exclusively carrying out non-violent bank jobs, he does not want his relationship with Annie to be built upon lies.
He resolves to turn himself in to the FBI and forfeit the money he has stolen in return for a plea deal and a clean slate. When he calls the Boston FBI field office to confess and set a meeting, Agents Baker (Robert Patrick) and Meyers (Jeffrey Donovan) laugh it off as a prank. They send their subordinates, Agents Nivens (Jai Courtney) and Hall (Anthony Ramos), instead.
The two younger agents are shocked to discover that Tom is the real deal, and see Tom’s stolen money as their golden ticket to a better life. So begins a cat-and-mouse game where good and bad become tangled, but love always rings true.
Honest Thief is written and directed by Mark Williams whos first choice was Liam Nelson for the part and in that Williams states “It was wonderful working with Liam. Every day, he’d show up excited to be there and talk about the character and the scenes and would be supportive of the work that we were doing and help other actors out and really make the set a fun place to be.”
His leading lady Kate Walsh who is a perfect match in the love story says “I was really drawn to this idea of a love story and people’s second chances, where both the role that Liam plays and that I play are just two people that have a history and a past, like we would at our ages, and find each other. And it’s about what you do for love and how you grow and expand for love, with love, in ways that you probably never thought you’d have to, or would ever anticipate. I thought that was a really interesting, beautiful theme to explore. And especially in times where we’re in a world that could be dark and tumultuous, to have this kind of beautiful story in the midst of craziness was really cool.”
“Kate did a lot of her own stunts, which was called on for the film and her stunt double was so impressed Andrea Ajemian says, she had one big stunt scene and we did bring in a stunt double, but Kate did the majority of that herself.”
It was filmed in Worcester, Massachusetts which suited the filming as to the charm and the style of old school buildings and history of the churches and other elements that made it a perfect fit giving it Boston feel as it being a satellite city of Boston.
This is good and bad cop story combined with all the action bits that Nelson usually hands out in his films, but gives a tender side hereof himself being a thief to make good for sake of love.
Enjoyable and good value lots of action Neeson style.
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