In “Taken,” its sequels and equally themed fare since — a la “The Commuter” and “Chilly Pursuit” — Neeson has carved out a distinct segment as a likable man who’s simple to root for and a really, very dangerous thought to cross. That is basically the components right here, though the template really proves nearer to one thing like “FX” — the place the protagonist makes use of his specialised abilities to struggle the dangerous guys — than the obvious comparisons to Neeson’s filmography.
Neeson performs Tom Carter, a former Marine who has cleaned out sufficient banks to earn the nickname the In and Out Bandit, and he is launched plying his commerce. When he meets Annie (Kate Walsh), he decides to cool down and are available clear, contacting the FBI and providing them a deal: A lightweight sentence, close to the place she will be able to go to him, in change for returning the stolen loot.
Nonetheless, an prolonged plea deal would not precisely meet the customary motion necessities, so Carter is fairly shortly double-crossed by corrupt brokers, forcing him to go on the run and defend himself. In pursuit are FBI brokers harboring completely different goals, probably the most outstanding being Agent Meyers (Jeffrey Donovan), who spends his spare time cooing at his canine, and a pair of youthful brokers (Jai Courtney, Anthony Ramos) beneath his supervision.
Largely, it is an excuse for Neeson to say issues like “I am comin’ for you” as solely he can, and ultimately marshal his thieving/safecracking skills in opposition to these pursuing him. Sadly, each he and maybe particularly Walsh are saddled with lots of dangerous dialogue (the movie was written and directed by Mark Williams), within the latter case punctuated by her comprehensible shock that the brand new man in her life is all of the sudden a fugitive.
Neeson has joked lately about getting a bit lengthy within the tooth to be operating round in these form of motion pictures, however he stays lots convincing in promoting such a premise, even when it is one this conspicuously slim. (As a footnote, Ramos’ spouse within the film is performed by “Hamilton” co-star and real-life fiancée Jasmine Cephas Jones.)
To be truthful, “Trustworthy Thief” is sincere about its intentions, offering a check-your-brain-at-the-door escape. In fact, the choice to enter the door to a theater as a way to see one thing this marginal may very well be one other matter.
“Trustworthy Thief” premieres in theaters on Oct. 16. It is rated PG-13.