Bil’s rating (out of 5): B
USA, 2020. Argonaut Entertainment Partners, Dreadnought Films, Honest Thief Productions, Ingenious Media, J Cubed Film Finance, Samuel Marshall Productions, Sculptor Media, Solution Entertainment Group, Sprockefeller Pictures, Zero Gravity Management. Story and Screenplay by Steve Allrich, Mark Williams. Cinematography by Shelly Johnson. Produced by Craig Chapman, Tai Duncan, Jonah Loop, Myles Nestel, Mark Williams. Music by Mark Isham. Production Design by Tom Lisowski. Costume Design by Deborah Newhall. Film Editing by Michael P. Shawver.
Liam Neeson is once again the grizzled lone gunman defending himself against the entire corrupt world. Years earlier he had grabbed headlines as the “in and out bandit”, a thief so slick that he was able to clear out entire bank safes without leaving a trace behind of how he did it. Now he has fallen in love with the lovely Kate Walsh and wants to start a new life with her, but nine years after his last robbery he doesn’t want to be with her unless he comes clean about his past. Rather than just tell her, he holes up in a hotel room, calls the FBI and confesses, and is treated like a crank. Days later, two agents finally arrive in the form of Jai Courtney and Anthony Ramos, but once they realize that Neeson is for real they decide to take the millions he has hidden in storage for themselves. Killing their superior officer (Robert Patrick), they try to kill Neeson and frame him but he gets away, hitting the streets to be hunted down by honest fed Jeffrey Donovan while trying to prove his innocence. Naturally, we’re all waiting for that moment when he delivers a gravelly-voiced threat into his phone. This is a cheap version of a million similar movies we have seen the star in and he seems to know it, uninspired to give more than his basic effort to bland execution by disinterested direction and paint-by-numbers script.