6.5/10 I’m 99.9% sure that Liam Neeson stated in an interview a few years ago that he was done with roles in action films due to him getting up there in age. Yet here we are and as much as I prefer Neeson in a prestige film from Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg or Christopher Nolan, Neeson is still kicking ass at the ripe age of 68. Neeson’s action films tend to be hit or miss and although this one falls somewhere in the middle, it is an admittedly fun time at the movie theater. What holds this film back is the plot. A man is framed for a crime he didn’t commit, has to prove his innocence, stay alive, stop the bad guys who framed him and protect his loved ones. It is a role men like Neeson and Harrison Ford have played time and time again so despite some mild tweaks here and there, this is a pretty tired story that in no way breaks new ground. The film isn’t extremely memorable, a few moments made me shake my head and the direction/over all look of the film is rather vanilla with none of the action scenes blowing you away. One scene with a large explosion has visual effects that are rather questionable. Despite the fact that there is nothing extraordinary about this film, it is still well paced and highly entertaining. If you just want to turn your brain off and have some fun while you watch Neeson kick some ass, you could do a lot worse. The supporting characters get some decent development and the acting is solid across the board with Jai Courtney giving a surprisingly layered performance for a film like this. There are some clever moments and several likeable characters to give you a few different options of people to root for. Due to a shortage of new films in theaters right now, this is one of the best choices you have if you are looking for something mainstream and enjoyable to watch in a theater. It isn’t a must see on the big screen and as I pointed out earlier, the film doesn’t offer anything new in terms of plot. Whether you go to the theater (which I encourage for the sole purpose of supporting a struggling industry that needs all of our help and is very safe) or check it out in the comfort of your own home, “Honest Thief” falls closer to “Taken” than “Taken 3” on the Liam Neeson action film spectrum. It is…honestly…a fun time.
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