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.
It's the performances of Roth and O'Connell (and that of Peter Mullan as their imposing boss) that I want to highlight here.
Blows and bullets are exchanged, severed limbs stolen, ruthless sex-traffickers encountered.
Blackly comical writing and direction add a playful slant to what could have been a typically over-serious British crime thriller.
Films are invariably fuelled by fantasy but it's the supposedly gritty context that makes this stuff so hard to swallow.
A flawed but interesting downbeat Brit thriller with some creepy, leftfield jolts, calling to mind Mike Hodges with a twist of Tarantino.
The movie, directed with insufficient faith in the writing by Craig Viveiros, sells out character development in favour of garish contrivance ...
The film goes nowhere much in affably elaborate patterns - like a deranged SatNav ...
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 ...
Watchable, blackly comic British thriller enlivened by likeable performances, some engagingly left-field turns and a script that's peppered with decent one-liners ...
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.
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.
A blackly effective British road movie fuelled by the easy chemistry between the two leads.
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.
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