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Published October 21st 2020
Second changes and redemption gone wrong
2020 Rialto Distribution All Rights Reserved

Directed by Mark Williams and Starring Liam Neeson, Kate Walsh, Jai Courtney, Robert Patrick, Jeffrey Donovan, and Anthony Ramos, Honest Thief will be in cinemas nationally on 22 October 2020 - currently excluding Victoria. With a running time of 98 mins, it's rated M.

Tom Carter (Liam Neeson) is an infamous thief who has never been caught and authorities not having a clue as to his identity. A career bank robber, he meets Annie (Kate Walsh) who turns his life around when he falls in love with her. Not wanting to build a life built on lies with Annie, he's inspired to leave his life of crime behind.

He turns himself in, in the hope of righting his wrongs, in return for a plea deal and a clean slate. It takes a while to convince Boston FBI Agents Baker (Robert Patrick) and Meyers (Jeffrey Donovan), who laugh it off as a prank. When they send their subordinates, Agents Nivens (Jai Courtney) and Hall (Anthony Ramos), the two younger agents are shocked that this is the real deal and have visions of the 9 million dollars being their golden ticket to a better life. So begins the entanglement of good and bad.

A story of love, second chances and redemption, no matter your age, Neeson easily slips into the role of giving the bad guys their comeuppance. He's a veteran of righting wrongs and has done it three times in a row in Taken. If you've sat through the Taken Trilogy, you might feel like you're in yet another sequel of the film, except not as sadistic or violent.

A little older and weathered, Neeson is polished and steps into his character with ease as the 'In & Out Bandit'. He still has those particular 'set of skills' and will give his die-hard fans exactly what they came for. For the rest of you, it might sit a little ho-hum, been there, done that, right down to the signature gravelly-voiced one-liners he's so good at delivering.

Aussie Jai Courtney gets the meatiest of roles next to Neeson in the film as the corrupt cop and plays it with the same gusto as he did in his role as Bruce Willis' son in a A Good Day to Die Hard. Action films come easy to Jai and he manages to make bad, look good. Kate Walsh (Greys Anatomy, Private Practice) is believable as Neeson's love interest and manages to carry out the mature coquettish personality that's tender and slightly wounded required of her character. If you're a Neeson fan, you can't go wrong heading out to his latest offering.

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Why? Honest Thief (2020) Film Review
When: 22 October 2020
Where: In Cinemas Nationally; currently excluding Victoria
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