Stars: Liam Neeson / Ed Harris / Joel Kinnaman /
Release Date: 2015-03-11
Production Companies: Vertigo Entertainment, Energy Entertainment, RatPac-Dune Entertainment,
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra,
Run All Night Summary
Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon, once known as The Gravedigger, has seen better days. Longtime best friend of a mob boss, Jimmy, now 55, is haunted by the sins of his past—as well as a dogged police detective who’s been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years. But when Jimmy’s estranged son becomes a target, Jimmy must make a choice between the crime family he chose and the real family he abandoned long ago. Now, with nowhere safe to turn, Jimmy has just one night to figure out exactly where his loyalties lie and to see if he can finally make things right.
In the main, Jaume Collet-Serra is making a character-driven drama about betrayed honor, and the result is a film closer in spirit to the baggage-rich crime novels of Dennis Lehane than dumb multiplex fare.
Run All Night is a taut, edgy affair that features Neeson in peak action form and allows him to partially atone for the indignity of Taken 3.
There are more phones than female characters, who spend the movie comatose in hospital beds, fretting silently in the background or being hugged through a doorway
With all due respect for Harris's ability to overact even while underacting, and given the hour-plus of citywide demolition, the stakes for the action here are awfully low.
An admirable cat-and-mouse tale that puts forth a lot of clich�s and executes them with B-movie intensity.