Yet another by-the-numbers action redemption film befalls us with Liam Neeson’s “Honest Thief”, in which a very familiar retreaded plotline is barely elevated by his delightful performance banter while the lack of originality, decent action and slight threads of a potentially intriguing story was honest enough to where it didn’t feel like most of my time was flushed down the toilet. It’s an inoffensive movie full of familiar tropes with shallow characterization despite Neeson and Walsh’s length of chemistry, serviceable action sequences that range from generic to mildly attractive, performance banters that vary heavily depending on the actor used, rather disposable dialogue, decent cinematography and editing, the plot is mostly harmless if you just turn your brain off and soak it all in and it moves along at a brisk pace just enough to keep the viewers attention. As far as criticisms go, I would have liked another twenty minutes of story so as to give us some more character development and perhaps making the ending a little less obvious. Not to mention the script didn’t really give the actors much to work off of and there are some SERIOUS logic gaps within the end of the first act that follow along all the way to the end that are both irrational and completely ridiculous.
Pieces were in place for a stronger film which makes me somewhat disappointed that they weren’t taken advantage of. But this is more or less what people would expect out of Liam Neeson: a film where he can showcase his particular set of skills and still be his badass self.