The Liability Reviews

February 25, 2019
Straddles a number of interesting sub-genres. It's a shame these outwardly intriguing elements have to do battle with a predictable and pretty contrived story.
October 31, 2017
This British film is consistently just a little better and more surprising than it first appears.
June 3, 2013
It's the performances of Roth and O'Connell (and that of Peter Mullan as their imposing boss) that I want to highlight here.
May 18, 2013
Blows and bullets are exchanged, severed limbs stolen, ruthless sex-traffickers encountered.
May 17, 2013
Blackly comical writing and direction add a playful slant to what could have been a typically over-serious British crime thriller.
May 17, 2013
Films are invariably fuelled by fantasy but it's the supposedly gritty context that makes this stuff so hard to swallow.
May 16, 2013
Promising talent all round, including director Craig Viveiros.
May 16, 2013
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
The movie, directed with insufficient faith in the writing by Craig Viveiros, sells out character development in favour of garish contrivance ...
May 16, 2013
The film goes nowhere much in affably elaborate patterns - like a deranged SatNav ...
May 16, 2013
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 15, 2013
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 14, 2013
Roth's performance and handful of dry-as-a-bone one-liners keep it from the straight-to-DVD pile. Just.
May 12, 2013
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 10, 2013
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.
February 17, 2013
A blackly effective British road movie fuelled by the easy chemistry between the two leads.
January 31, 2013
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 21, 2013
Craig Viveiros' witty, grisly Brit flick about a weary assassin reluctantly mentoring a cocky upstart.