Career con man Roy (Ian McKellen) sets his sights on his latest mark, recently widowed Betty (Helen Mirren), who's worth millions. And he means to take it all. But as the two grow closer, what should have been another simple swindle becomes a high-stakes game of cat and mouse in this suspenseful drama about the secrets people keep and the lies they live.
Far-fetched but well-acted
- The Good Liar review by ER
Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren give this pulpy thriller a touch of class. Unfortunately, the plot is so far-fetched and has some whopping implausibilities at its heart that the whole film falls apart when you think back on it. However, it's an entertaining watch, and definitely Ian McKellen's best role since Mr Holmes (same director). So it plays well in the middle ground but once the cats out of the bag, you will groan that the film makers actually 'went there'. Fun but basic.
Not the best film ever but it keeps you engaged throughout. Some bits I had guessed but still some bits keep you guessing. Mckellen and Mirren are both great actors who keep this film together. Its definitely worth a watch.