Reviewed by: Peter E. Schultz
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
Criminals who give up their life of crime and turn themselves in to face justice
Second chances and redemption
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
The benefits of living an honest, upstanding life
What is JUSTICE? What does the Bible say about it? Answer
Are you good enough to get to Heaven? Answer
How good is good enough? Answer
Liam Neeson … Tom Carter, an aging thief known as the “In-and-Out Bandit”
Kate Walsh … Annie Sumpter, Tom’s love interest
Jeffrey Donovan … Agent Tom Meyers
Jai Courtney … Agent John Nivens
Anthony Ramos … Agent Ramon Hall—John’s partner
Robert Patrick … Agent Sam Baker
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Argonaut Entertainment Partners
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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.”
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”:
Jesus’ counsel about human behavior was always uncomplicated, as on one occasion when he stated,
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.
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.