5 March 2018

The Liability

  • Director: Craif Viveiros
  • Based on the book: no
  • Cast: Tim Roth, Jack O’Connell, Talulah Riley, Peter Mullen
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Tim Roth – To Kill a King, Gridlock’d, Rob Roy, Pulp Fiction, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
    • Jack O’Connell – United, This Is England
    • Talulah Riley – The Boat that Rocked, Doctor Who
    • Peter Mullen – Sunshine on Leith, Top of the Lake, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1, Stone of Destiny, Boy A, Children of Men, Young Adam, My Name is Joe, Trainspotting
  • Why? Tim Roth
  • Seen: 3 March 2018

             Adam (O’Connell), a somewhat dim kid, discovers that his gangster step-father (Mullen) is probably also a murderer. This step-father arranges a job for him as a chauffeur to the taciturn Roy (Roth), a hit man. Oh, come on, not another hit man movie!
       Yapp, another hit man movie. And Roy is going to teach young Adam how to be a hit man. Adam finds that it can be a nasty job. In the forest with the dead guy it becomes a royal cock-up. A young woman (Riley), hiking in the woods, sees them but instead of Roy killing her, she runs off with their car.
       It’s absurd, convoluted and very entertaining. Roth’s character is not dissimilar to Rosencrantz (or was it Guildenstern he played?) and Young Adam is not totally unlike Gary Oldman’s Guildenstern (or was it Rosencrantz he played?)
       High praise indeed.

3½ * of 5   

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