A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The initial motivation, to unburden your conscience via truth and honesty, is a worthy one, but everything turns sideways as the movie becomes more about corruption, violence, revenge.
Positive Role Models
Tom is, first and foremost, a thief and an explosives expert; he doesn't shy away from revenge and killing. It could be argued that, if he had never met Annie, he might not have had the urge to become honest and confess. Most other characters are either corrupt or capable of violence.
Violence & Scariness
Guns and shooting. Bullet wounds, some blood. Characters are killed. A man attacks a woman -- hitting, fighting, bashing her face against a hard surface. Woman stabs man with scissors. Explosions. Fighting. Fall through window. Car chase/crash.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Sporadic uses of "s--t," "crap," "ass," "pr--k," "balls," "butt," and "my junk," plus exclamatory use of "Jesus Christ."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink champagne to celebrate.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Honest Thief is a Liam Neeson action/revenge movie that's much lighter and more breezily entertaining than other Neeson movies of a similar nature. It's simple, effective, and lots of fun, despite the sometimes intense violence. It's mostly comic book-style stuff, although there is a scene of a man fighting a woman and bashing her face on a hard surface; she fights back, but it's still brutal. You can also expect guns and shooting, deaths, someone being stabbed with scissors, fighting, car chases/crashes, and explosions. Gunshot wounds and cuts and scrapes are shown. Language includes "crap," "ass," "pr--k," and a partly obscured use of "s--t." Two characters kiss and celebrate with wine. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Simple and effective, this action/revenge movie races along on the most basic, primal emotions, and, thanks to the unpretentious performances, is so "honest" that it's easy to forgive its silliness. In Honest Thief, Neeson once again capitalizes on the unique blend of lovable everyman and dangerous tough guy that's made him an action star, perhaps not unlike the early days of Charles Bronson. Tom's meet-cute with Annie is as adorable as his snarly line reading of "I'm comin' fer you" is exhilarating. Walsh is a good match for him, funny and spunky (her character's dire fate is the movie's one sour note).
Ramos is also appealing as an FBI agent whose conscience catches up with him, and Robert Patrick is likable as a trusting senior FBI man. (Courtney's one-note bad guy is a weak spot, but he still pulls it off in a brutish, brick-hard way.) The movie's best touch is Jeffrey Donovan as a good, wry, unflappable FBI agent who's inherited his wife's dog in their divorce and ends up bringing the dog on his investigation. At the helm, director Mark Williams keeps up a decent pace for a trim 99 minutes, and Honest Thief never takes itself too seriously. It's one of the lightest and most unapologetically entertaining movies of Neeson's career, and it may just steal your heart.
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