Whoever you are, wherever you are, the very last thing you want to see happening to yourself is receiving a call from one of Liam Neeson’s alter egos, like, say, Bryan Mills. I admit, his raspy voice can be therapeutic to indulge in after a long day at work, but if you have been to the theaters for the past few years, you would have known that the message which accompanies that iconic, gravelly voice is usually not good.
Neeson is back again with his old in-film habit of getting behind a phone and uttering calm, scholarly threats, but wait, this round, he’s threatening….. cops? Mark Williams, the director of Honest Thief, had signed Neeson up into an unusual role for this film — an ex-bank robber with a reputation that he needs to care for.
In Honest Thief, Tom Carter (Liam Neeson), also known as the “In and Out Bandit”, has at least 9 million dollars stashed, thanks no less to his great set of skills for breaking into banks and making his escapes undetected. Even so, Carter is willing to part ways with his chunks of dollar bills and turn himself in, all in the name of a second chance, and getting together with his love of his life (Kate Walsh). Within this unusual drama, he seems to strike a deal with a good cop (Robert Patrick. And yes, what irony) for self-redemption, only to be foiled by some greedy cops (Jai Courtney, Anthony Ramos), who set Carter up for a murder case instead.
This came as somewhat of a surprise since Neeson had announced that he was pretty much done with action intensive-roles, citing his age as a possible barrier. That was all the way back in 2017, but despite the Taken star’s announcement, studios had rolled out a couple of films featuring Neeson in that very same role, like The Commuter (2018) and Cold Pursuit (2019).
With these turns of events, I have made an early conclusion about Neeson, which is:
You can retire a man, but you can’t retire a particular set of industry-demand that he has, and it’s even harder to retire his iconic voice
Honest Thief will be aired in theaters this 9th of October, excluding any shifts caused by the pandemic, of course. Check out the full synopsis of Honest Thief and the trailer, below:
They call him the In and Out Bandit because meticulous thief Tom Carter (Liam Neeson) has stolen $9 million from small-town banks while managing to keep his identity a secret. But after he falls in love with the bubbly Annie (Kate Walsh), Tom decides to make a fresh start by coming clean about his criminal past, only to be double-crossed by two ruthless FBI agents.