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Honest Thief

also known as “The Good Criminal,” “Venganza Implacable,” “Pre balík prachov,” “Segunda Chance,” “Becsületes tolvaj,” “Phi Vụ Hoàn Lương,” “Saziningas vagisius,” “Um Último Golpe,” “Un honnête voleur,” “Voleur honnête,” “Честен крадец,” “Честный вор”
MPA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPA) for strong violence, crude references and brief strong language.

Reviewed by: Peter E. Schultz
CONTRIBUTOR

Offensive to Better than Average
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
• Adults • Young-Adults
Genre:
Action Crime Thriller
Length:
1 hr. 39 min.
Year of Release:
2020
USA Release:
October 16, 2020 (wide release)
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Relevant Issues
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Bank robber who has stolen millions of dollars in multiple states

About ROBBERY in the Bible

Stealing vehicles / What does Scripture say about STEALING? Answer

Repentance for one’s sins

Criminals who give up their life of crime and turn themselves in to face justice

Second chances and redemption

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Corrupt FBI agents or any law enforcement people who do criminals things

Good law enforcement people that fight crime, even if it involves their peers

CEOs who embezzle pension money

About the fall of mankind to worldwide depravity

What is SIN AND WICKEDNESS? Answer

About LYING

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The benefits of living an honest, upstanding life

What are goodness and righteousness?

Good works

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What is JUSTICE? What does the Bible say about it? Answer

Justice of God

Are you good enough to get to Heaven? Answer

How good is good enough? Answer

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TRUE LOVE—What is true love and how do you know when you have found it? Answer

What is LOVE, for a follower of Christ? Answer

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Featuring: Liam NeesonTom Carter, an aging thief known as the “In-and-Out Bandit”
Kate WalshAnnie Sumpter, Tom’s love interest
Jeffrey DonovanAgent Tom Meyers
Jai CourtneyAgent John Nivens
Anthony RamosAgent Ramon Hall—John’s partner
Robert PatrickAgent Sam Baker
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Director: Mark Williams
Producer: Argonaut Entertainment Partners
Briarcliff Entertainment
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Distributor: Open Road Films

“Never steal a man’s second chance”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “They call him the In-and-Out-Bandit because meticulous thief Tom Carter (Liam Neeson) has stolen millions 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.

The robber turns himself in because he wants to live an honest life… but when he realizes the Feds are more corrupt than him, he must fight back to clear his name.”

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If you’re looking for a movie with an adrenaline kick that leaves you with aching fingers and cramped quadriceps, one that drips with surreal special effects, well, this isn’t the one.

If you yearn for a drama diving so deeply into the core of romance even the most hardened viewer is left fighting back tears, well, “Honest Thief” doesn’t match up there either.

BUT, I found it to be overdue refreshment on several fronts, certainly a healthy departure from average films.

Liam Neeson plays the robber (Tom Carter) who tries to make a deal with the law: returning stolen money in exchange for his freedom to enjoy a future with the woman he loves. Unethical FBI agents spoil his plans considerably.

Seasoned actors fill the cast, perhaps challenged only by the performance of one agent’s irresistible pet. Their pace is moderate and steady, allowing excellent character development. Elements of the New England setting are genuine. Car chases and gunplay are realistic. Above all, the leading character does not endure six or more fatal injuries, still bouncing back for more action. Finally, the musical score is supportive without being oppressive.

There are several special messages in “Honest Thief”:

  • Wrongdoing can easily spiral out of control.
  • Continued wrongdoing has a high cost.
  • True repentance might not be easy.
  • Self-control can dominate selfishness.
  • Genuinely faithful love is priceless.

Jesus’ counsel about human behavior was always uncomplicated, as on one occasion when he stated,

“So watch yourselves. If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them.” —Luke 17:3

The heart of this truth is characterized in the film.

“Honest Thief” is a happy balance of excitement and sentiment, delivered with class. Among other things, it reveals how, without solid integrity, simple goodness can be challenged and muddled. Conversely, it shows how, with strong integrity, simple goodness is immutable.

This matinée was our first in-theater, COVID-compliant movie since forever. My wife and I were two of only ten people in the entire audience, so selecting prime seats was easy. And, mandatory social distancing saved us from the noise of aggressive popcorn consumption going on nearby.

Overall, it was a nice experience. We need more big-screen products with this quality of messaging.

  • Violence: Heavy— • Multiple shootings and gun battles • Fall from height • Hand to hand fights and punches • Stabbing • Car crashes • Man struck repeatedly with baseball bat • House explosion
  • Vulgar/Crude language: Heavy— • “f***ing” (1) • “friggin” (1) • s-words (5) • “cr*p” (3) • a**hole (2) • pr*ck • “j*nk” (referring to genitals) • “snipping your b*lls off” (1) • “son of a b*tch” (2)
  • Profane language: Moderately Heavy— • “J*sus, G*d” (said in shock at finding a severely injured woman) (1) • “Holy cr*p” • “h*ll” (3)
  • Sex: • Brief kisses • Hug • Man attempts to convince woman to move in with him • Joke about losing virginity • Brief question related to potential vasectomy
  • Drugs/Alcohol: • Brief scene of woman drinking wine • Man takes painkilling pills due to wounding • No smoking
  • Nudity: None
  • Occult: None

See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.


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