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The movie starts with wide boy Adam trashing his hated stepfather's Mercedes and so sets the scene for their rocky relationship. To help pay him back his gangster stepfather sends him out with an ageing hitman to be his driver. Tim Roth and Jack O'Connell's growing relationship is what makes the movie set against the gruesome task at hand and when the gorgeous Talulah Riley stumbles onto their murder plot she appears to be just an unfortunate witness but soon turns out to be so much more. Just who will be left standing at the end of this excellent British movie?
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on 4 January 2013
The Liability has all the components of a British comedy thriller and definitely is set to establish itself as a classic, putting an amusing spin on the dark reality of the hit-man profession.

Cast including the legendary Tim Roth, rising star Jack O'Connell and talented Peter Mullan, were enough of a persuasion to watch The Liability. Tim Roth plays Roy, a cold-hearted assassin who, at first lacks a conscience and has pathological tendencies, similar to the character he portrayed in the 1984 critically acclaimed British film The Hit. O'Connell plays emotionally immature Adam, a 19-year old whose troublesome nature gets him on the wrong side of his mother's criminal mastermind boyfriend Peter (Peter Mullan).

Adam is sent by Peter on an assassin job with Roy. The pair's comical chemistry and their opposing characteristics contribute humor and sarcasm towards the dark plot. Midway through the assassination they are interrupted by a Latvian woman (Talulah Riley) who comes seeking revenge and reveals knowledge of a sex trafficking scandal which thickens the plot. This brings more depth to the plot and connects with the characters back-stories effectively. A cat and mouse type chase then goes on between the characters with further twists, back-stabbing and violent lashes. The concluding scene ends the plot in an exciting, unpredictable and satisfying way. A must-see film that has humor, an interesting plot and talented British actors- recommended.
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on 10 April 2014
Peter Mullan brings another of his nasty 5 seconds from exploding psychopaths to the screen but it's Tim Roth and Jack O'Connell who steal the show on a darkly funny road trip as the latter helps the former out on a job without actually knowing what the job is and to reveal more would give it away. Worth watching, part dark British thriller, part comedy road trip, it's a strange mix but it works.
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The Liability is a British film which doesn't really have a budget. Its script is only so-so and the only real star name attached to it is Tim Roth. Luckily, that does seem to be enough to pull it off.

Jack O'Connell plays a young man who gets in trouble with his - slightly dodgy - stepfather and, as a punishment, is roped into the `family business' and asked to do something equally dodgy, which involves driving hitman Tim Roth to his next job.

It's a road movie which could be pretty average if it wasn't for Tim Roth's performance. The comedy doesn't always work. The performances can be a bit stilted, yet Tim seems to carry the whole thing on his own and makes it worth watching.

Special mention to the location scout who has found some truly outstanding filming locations around the north of England to set some of the action in.

If you're a fan of low budget British gangster movies (or simply of Tim Roth) then you should give this a go. The ending seems to divide audiences, but the film is enjoyable enough for you to ignore that minor point if it isn't to your taste.
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on 8 January 2013
Dark, funny, takes you places you didn't expect to go. Roth, Mullan, O'Connell - all cracking. And Talulah Riley. Wow! She sure was wasted in St Trinian's!
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on 21 October 2013
As by the star rating i have given this it is ok , I like tim roth this was one of the reasons i went for this plus it was cheap . It is worth a watch so if you have an hour & a half to spare give it a go
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on 13 October 2014
Was a good film for a Saturday night in, easy watching. Good story line and Tim Roth saved the film and Peter Mullan is as good as ever.
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on 29 December 2013
Good acting, good but macabre storyline, and and unexpected ending! Do see it - I shall watch it again with pleasure.
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on 16 September 2015
THIS IS A MOVIE YOU CAN WATCH OVER N OVER AGAIN IT'S THAT COOL N GROOVY
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on 27 June 2013
Tim Roth plays a hired killer in "The Liability", but I think he must've been at gunpoint when he agreed to appear in this turkey. The storyline has no logic and Roth's character must be the most incompetent hitman since Michael Palin took out those three cute dogs in "A Fish Called Wanda". Jack O'Connell plays a horrible, charmless yob (is he getting typecast or what?) and gurns his way through the whole film, indulging in some very strange "mouth acting". Both lead characters seem to be indestructable (they can survive assorted beatings, stabbings and being hit by a car at 50 mph), the black humour falls flat and the only bright spot is fit young actress Talulah Riley. A misfire.
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