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Honest Thief: The IMAX Experience (15)

Cast: Liam Neeson, Jai Courtney, Kate Walsh
Genre: Thriller
Author(s): Mark Williams, Steve Allrich
Director: Mark Williams
Release Date: 23/10/2020
Running Time: 98mins
Country: US
Year: 2020

Brilliant thief Tom Carter has managed to keep his identity secret from the police while stealing millions of dollars from 12 banks in seven states. When he falls head over heels in love with Annie Sumpter, Tom decides the time has come to finally share his life with another person. He turns himself in and promises to return all the money in exchange for a reduced sentence. Corrupt FBI agents John Nivens and Ramon Hall take advantage of the situation.


 

LondonNet Film Review
Honest Thief (15)

The reinvention of Ballymena-born actor Liam Neeson as a grizzled action man gathered momentum in 2008 with the opening chapter of the Taken franchise. Cast as a former CIA operative whose daughter is kidnapped during a trip to Paris, the Oscar-nominated star of Schindler’s List gave fair warning of his knuckle-bruising intent in a telephone call with one abductor. “I will look for you, I will find you… and I will kill you,” he growled in that distinctive baritone purr. He was a man of his word..

In Mark Williams’ generic thriller, Neeson is cast to muscular type as a brilliant bank robber, who is willing to turn his back on a life of crime to put down roots with an unsuspecting sweetheart. The adrenaline rush of a thief’s redemption in the name of love is a tantalising prospect. Regrettably, Williams and fellow scriptwriter Steve Allrich aren’t seriously committed to fleshing out the relationship between their conflicted hero and his girlfriend. Instead, they invest heavily in stunt sequences, which boast a ridiculously high bullet count for a disappointingly low return of pulse-quickening thrills.

Bank robber Tom Carter (Neeson) is calm under pressure, drawing on his expertise as a bomb disposal specialist in the Marines. He coolly executes heists over holiday weekends without revealing his identity, amassing a little over nine million dollars in cash from 12 banks in seven states. During a visit to Aurora Self Storage to rent a locker, Tom meets Annie Sumpter (Kate Walsh) and falls head over heels in love. He contemplates a normal life with Annie and decides to confess his sins to FBI Agent Sam Baker (Robert Patrick), promising the return of the stolen money in exchange for a reduced sentence of no more than two years in a minimum-security prison close to Boston.

Two members of Baker’s team, agents John Nivens (Jai Courtney) and Ramon Hall (Anthony Ramos), probe Tom’s assertion that he is the In And Out Bandit. Once the corrupt FBI agents have compelling evidence of Tom’s misdeeds – a cardboard box full of cash – they greedily confiscate the stolen property for their retirement funds and prepare to cover their tracks.

Honest Thief is hardwired to underline Neeson’s screen brand as a no-nonsense man of few words and outlandish actions. Walsh is short-changed as the two-dimensional love interest, who needlessly puts herself in harm’s way, while Jeffrey Donovan channels Tommy Lee Jones from The Fugitive as an honourable law man on their tail. Plotting is linear, relentlessly screeching between set-pieces until justice is served in an underpowered final act.

– Jo Planter


London Cinemas Showing Honest Thief: The IMAX Experience


From: Friday 16th October
To: Thursday 22nd October

Odeon BFI IMAX

Wed/Thu 20:30

From: Friday 23rd October
To: Thursday 29th October

UK and Irish Cinemas Showing Honest Thief: The IMAX Experience


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To: Thursday 22nd October

Odeon Chatham

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Odeon Kingston

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Wed/Thu 16:10 19:15

Odeon Mansfield

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Odeon Metrocentre

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Wed/Thu 17:20 20:00

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Odeon Trafford Centre

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Odeon Uxbridge

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To: Thursday 29th October

Odeon Mansfield

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Odeon Metrocentre

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Odeon Silverlink

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