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The Liability

The Liability (2013)

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This film is the story of a young guy who only wants to become a hitman, and an old hitman who only wants to retire. They are thrown together on a 'hit' - a day's drive away that will test their patience and tolerance for each other. When they do the job in the forests of Northumberland they realise there's a problem - a young woman witnesses their crime. This is a thrilling and darkly comic portrayal of a son looking for a father, and an older man forced to become a mentor. Throughout this

Jan 29, 2013

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Roth's performance and handful of dry-as-a-bone one-liners keep it from the straight-to-DVD pile. Just.

May 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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It's the performances of Roth and O'Connell (and that of Peter Mullan as their imposing boss) that I want to highlight here.

June 3, 2013 Full Review Source: New Statesman
New Statesman

Blows and bullets are exchanged, severed limbs stolen, ruthless sex-traffickers encountered.

May 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Blackly comical writing and direction add a playful slant to what could have been a typically over-serious British crime thriller.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

Films are invariably fuelled by fantasy but it's the supposedly gritty context that makes this stuff so hard to swallow.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Promising talent all round, including director Craig Viveiros.

May 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

A flawed but interesting downbeat Brit thriller with some creepy, leftfield jolts, calling to mind Mike Hodges with a twist of Tarantino.

May 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

The movie, directed with insufficient faith in the writing by Craig Viveiros, sells out character development in favour of garish contrivance ...

May 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

The film goes nowhere much in affably elaborate patterns - like a deranged SatNav ...

May 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Offers some well-rounded performances from Roth, O'Connell and Mullan ... it offers nothing beyond the usual markers of such a coming-of-age film ...

May 16, 2013 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys

Watchable, blackly comic British thriller enlivened by likeable performances, some engagingly left-field turns and a script that's peppered with decent one-liners ...

May 15, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Gets mired in the usual amoral stone-cold stuff that makes you wish there weren't quite so many British directors keen to serve as apprentices to the Guy Ritchie school of tight and ruthless filmmaking.

May 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Scotsman
Scotsman

Between Roth and O'Connell, there is an amusing chemistry - though the script lacks the sheer aggression of Sexy Beast or foul-mouthed word play of In Bruges, two other fine examples in this arena, to be ranked alongside either.

May 10, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
The List

A blackly effective British road movie fuelled by the easy chemistry between the two leads.

February 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A bit of a surprise in the direct-to-video market. "The Liability" is not the greatest film about British gangsters. Not by a long shot. But, it does have its moments, thanks to the excellent Tim Roth.

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Chambers
Movie Chambers

Craig Viveiros' witty, grisly Brit flick about a weary assassin reluctantly mentoring a cocky upstart.

January 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
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Audience Reviews for The Liability

An entertaining enough movie that amused me and kept me engaged. Interesting Relationship blossoms between the two unlikely characters! Worth a watch!
July 14, 2013
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To make amends for smashing up his gangster stepfather's car, teenager Adam (O'Connell) is giving the task of acting as a driver for hitman Roy (Roth). Things get messy when a backpacker escapes after witnessing one of their dirty deeds.
Another day, another awful British crime flick. Here we get the tired old "hitman on his last job" routine with groan-inducing references to previous Roth films 'The Hit' and 'Reservoir Dogs'. Somebody really needs to tell the British film industry there's more to film than just costume dramas and gangster movies. Like most U.K productions, the only positive aspect here is the acting, (O'Connell is charismatic despite playing a seriously annoying character), but when cliched tripe like this is all that's churned out, it's little wonder so many Brits are acting in U.S cinema.
January 30, 2013
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