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 cinematic road trip across the wild North East of England we encounter twists that will reveal a black secret that some people will kill to protect, and some will kill to uncover.
R (for violence, language and some sexual content)
Art House & International , Mystery & Suspense
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Grindstone Entertainment

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Critic Reviews for The Liability

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (1)

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

Full Review… | May 14, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

It's the performances of Roth and O'Connell (and that of Peter Mullan as their imposing boss) that I want to highlight here.

Full Review… | June 3, 2013
New Statesman

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

Full Review… | May 18, 2013
Observer (UK)

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

Full Review… | May 17, 2013

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

Full Review… | May 16, 2013
London Evening Standard

Promising talent all round, including director Craig Viveiros.

Full Review… | May 16, 2013
Daily Express (UK)

Audience Reviews for The Liability

A mixture of good action, killing and romance makes a fun movie. The Liability has some good twists and the story is kept simple enough, but with enough twists to keep you interested in what is going to happen next. I liked Tim Roth in this film, and thought that Peter Mullan played a great bad guy. Overall this is a good film that you should enjoy with some popcorn in your family room on a Friday night.

Jim Larrison
Jim Larrison

An entertaining enough movie that amused me and kept me engaged. Interesting Relationship blossoms between the two unlikely characters! Worth a watch!

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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.

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