The Liability (2012) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Craig Viveiros
Starring: Tim Roth, Jack O’Connell, Talulah Riley
Rated: R/Region: 1/16×9/86 minutes/Number of disc: 1
Available from Lionsgate
When 19-year-old Adam agrees to do a day’s driving for his mum’s gangster boyfriend Peter, it takes him on a 24-hour journey into a nightmarish world of murder, sex trafficking and revenge, in the company of aging hit man Roy.
The packaging for this film shows Tim Roth and after seeing the film I understand why. Not only is Tim probably the most recognizable star in the film, he is also the only character you will like or care about. In this movie we have Tim as Roy, our hit man who isn’t as awful of a person as his profession might make you believe. Along the way of his next job, our “main” character Adam becomes someone he gets attached to and the rest you’ll just have to watch and see for yourself. But I can tell you that the character of Adam is 19 and has every characteristic of 19 years old, which ultimately makes his highly annoying. And don’t even get me started on how worthless he appears to be as situation after situation comes to a head and he either A) does nothing or B) screws something up. Let me now remind you that THIS is our lead.
I still must give the movie props for maintaining my interest from start to finish. It also does in spite of its own faults makes you laugh here and there, sometimes it’s intentional and others it isn’t as much. But it is what you’d expect from a straight to video crime/action flick that isn’t anything to write home about but does have a hell of an actor in Tim Roth who gives us a half interesting character. You just don’t want to think too much with something like this. Turn the brain waves down a bit and I’m sure you’ll be able to have a bit of fun out of this one, even if you won’t be blown away and maybe even slightly annoyed in spots.
– Making of Feature