Honest Thief – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 39 minutes
Tom met Annie a year ago at a storage facility where she worked, and he wants to continue his future with her without looking over his shoulder every day. The FBI knows Tom as the In-and-Out Bandit. The bandit left crime scenes with no clues of how he got in or out. Tom buys a house for him and Annie, then he goes to a motel and calls the FBI. Agent Sam Baker picks up the phone and doesn’t believe Tom’s story. They get several calls a year from people pretending to be the bandit. So, he gives the phone to his partner, Detective Meyers. To prove he is the bandit, Tom tells them he robbed 13 banks in 8 years in several states. Over the years, he has stolen $9 million. He is willing to give it all back if they give him what he wants. Tom wants to be held for a maximum of two years in a minimum-security prison with full visitation rights. Meyers still doesn’t believe him, so they hand the case to Agent Ramon Hall and Agent Jason Nivens. They think it will be a dead end too, but they go to the hotel to investigate. After meeting Tom, they believe Tom is another liar, so Tom tells them how he committed the crimes. Ramon and Jason still think it’s not enough, so they ask for a good-faith effort. Tom gives them the location of $3 million. They go to the storage unit expecting to find nothing. However, they find the motherload. John gets an idea. They can take the money, kill Tom, and tell Baker and Meyers it was all a hoax. They have skimmed money from crime scenes and criminals before, but Ramon believes this is too much money to hide. John tells Ramon the money belongs to nobody, and Ramon has a mortgage, a wife, and two sons who will need money for college. Ramon hangs his head and says yes. As they load the money into their car, they see someone coming towards them. It’s Annie. She knows that’s Tom’s storage unit and starts to ask them questions. Satisfied with their answers, she leaves them alone and continues to work. Ramon and John walk into the hotel room, and John is prepared to kill Tom, but there is a knock at the door. It’s Agent Baker. Baker walks inside but can tell something is off, then John shoots him point-blank in the head. Tom, a former marine, and John start to fight, and they fall out of a second-story window. Tom looks up and sees Annie. Annie decided to come to the hotel and surprise him, but she is the one left speechless. Tom grabs Annie and jumps in her car. Tom has to come clean with the woman he loves, clear his name of murder, and peacefully turn himself in before John and Ramon kill him and Annie.
Yes, this is another ‘Liam Neeson kills everyone’ movie, but that’s why it’s fun. Tom never claims to be perfect or a good guy. However, he tells everyone he is honest. Annie fights him on this claim because Tom has lied by omission for a year. This dog-cat-mouse game is full of underhanded tricks, double-crosses, car chases, shoot-outs, and explosions. It’s interesting to contrast what drives each pair to fight together. Tom and Annie find strength through love and the future. And for Myers, he fights to get justice for Baker and find the person who killed him. For Ramon and John, their partnership stands on blackmail and money. Seeing the pairs work together or for each other changes throughout the film, and it will be their downfall or salvation.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars
Don’t I look like I’m in college – Annie
I’m the In-and-Out bandit. I always hated that name, you people gave it to me – Tom
I think clean is already taken. I think precise is free, how about Precise Bandit – Myers
Isn’t that just a sales pitch – John
John, I think that girl is real and amazing – Ramon