2.5 out of 10
Release Date: 17th May 2013
Director: Craig Viveiros (Ghosted)
Cast: Tim Roth, Jack O’Connell, Talulah Riley, Kierston Wareing and Peter Mullan
Writer: John Wrathall
Trailer: THE LIABILITY
The Liability is a serio-comedy that is probably the sleepiest road movie I’ve ever seen. It’s a cross between Kill List and Midnight Run without the wit or invention of either. Tim Roth (PULP FICTION) plays a taciturn (read boring) hit man who is employed by gangster Peter (PETER MULLAN – NEDS) to train his useless step son, Adam (JACK O’CONNELL – TOWER BLOCK) up in the arts of being a hired killer. So the film sees Roy and Adam drive around aimlessly, periodically taking in a few plot related hits for the latter to screw up. They encounter a sexy girl on a mission, who also plays her part in the subterfuge (TALULAH RILEY – THE BOAT THAT ROCKED). To be honest, I lost all interest in the background plot and just kept tabs on the cardboard characters. So in fact I only know that Peter is involved with shipping Russian women to the UK for the sex trade and Ms. Riley is a relation of one of the women.
The script is woefully annoying in it’s attempts to make the central odd couple interesting. Tim Roth who is one of the UK’s finest actors just farts around to no avail, neither conveying pathos or anything close to mystery. Jack O’Connell‘s character is neither stupid nor clever enough to engage us and there are no set pieces to speak of. Peter Mullan is sidelined to the peripheries and Kierston Wareing (FALL OF THE ESSEX BOYS) has about two lines. Any attempts at quirkiness fall dead in their tracks and the whole exercise comes across as one big shrug which hides behind the fact that it has an excellent group of actors ducking out of doing any hard work.
The director’s last film Ghosted showed a lot of promise. Sadly The Liability is a lazy, solid fart of a movie. A road movie with four punctures called Tim Roth, Jack O’Connell, Peter Mullan and Talulah Riley. Kierston Wareing is the spare.
2.5 out of 10 – Yet another tired and redundant crime caper. Points are for the scenery.
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WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Tim Roth: The Hateful 8, Selma, Grace Of Monaco, Mobius, Broken (2013), Arbitrage, Lie To Me (TV), The Incredible Hulk (2008), Funny Games (2007), Youth With Youth, Dark Water (2005), Don’t Come Knocking, Silver City, The Beautiful Country, To Kill a King, The Musketeer, Invincible, Planet Of The Apes (2001), The Million Dollar Hotel, The Legend Of 1900, The War Zone (dir), Liar, Hoodlum, Gridlock’d, Everyone Says I Love You, Four Rooms, Rob Roy, Captives, Little Odessa, Pulp Fiction, Bodies Rest & Motion, Jumpin’ At The Boneyard, Reservoir Dogs, Rosencrantz & Guilderstern Are Dead, Vincent & Theo, The Cook The Thief His Wife and Her Lover, To Kill a Priest, The Hit, Meantime, Made In Britain
- Jack O’Connell: Tulip Fever, Unbroken, ’71, Starred Up, 300 – part II, Private Peaceful, Tower Block, Weekender, Harry Brown, Eden Lake, This Is England, Skins (TV)
- Talulah Riley: Scottish Mussel, The Bad Education Movie, The Knot, St. Trinians 2, The Boat That Rocked, St. Trinians
- Kierston Wareing: Eastenders (TV),Fall Of The Essex Boys, Love Bite, Twenty8K, Bonded By Blood, The Holding, Four, Fish Tank, Rise Of The Foot soldier
- Peter Mullan: Jungle Book – Origins, Hector, Sunset Song, Hercules (2014), Sunshine On Leith, Welcome To The Punch, The Man Inside (2012), War Horse, Tyrannosaur, Neds, True North, Children Of Men, Criminal (2004), The Magdalene Sisters (dir), On a Clear Day, Young Adam, The Claim (2000), Orphans (dir), Miss Julie, My Name Is Joe, Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, Riff Raff