Run All Night

"Good"

Run All Night Review


With a script by Brad Ingelsby (Out of the Furnace), this thriller has more substance than most, although it's also been compromised by the inclusion of a lot of contrived action mayhem. At its centre, there's a nice exploration of two retirement-age men looking at the world they have created, and how things have changed since they made key decisions as younger men. But director Jaume Collet-Serra (Non-Stop) seems uninterested in these serious themes, and would clearly rather stage another shoot-out or chase instead.

Liam Neeson stars as Jimmy, a lifelong criminal who's now a wheezy husk of his former thrusting self. But he maintains his childhood friendship with Shawn (Ed Harris), who turned his crime empire legit but is having problems keeping his son Danny (Boyd Holbrook) out of trouble. Now Danny has made a dodgy deal with some Albanians, and when that goes predictably wrong, it accidentally puts Jimmy's estranged good-guy son Mike (Joel Kinnaman), his wife (Genesis Rodriguez) and kids in danger. So Jimmy sets out to set things right, although this means that he ends up on opposite sides of the conflict from Shawn. And he and Mike also have to outrun his detective nemesis (Vincent D'Onofrio) and a ruthless assassin (Common).

There's a nice sense of respect and inevitability to the relationship between Jimmy and Shawn that goes a long way in making this overlong movie watchable. Neeson and Harris are terrific at playing men who are too old to be running around with guns. Their quietly tense conversations are by far the most riveting scenes in the film. By comparison, the action sequences feel rather routine: brutal and fast, with flashy editing, outrageous stunts and more firepower than is strictly necessary. And for a man who can barely stand when the film opens, Jimmy is suspiciously able to run, jump, drive and shoot like a trained professional a third his age.

In fact, every action-oriented element of the plot could be removed and the film would be a lot better. Even Common's tenacious killer is utterly irrelevant to the narrative. But then, it's not easy to sell a movie about two creaky old men who have always been best friends but are suddenly at odds with each other. But this is where Neeson's and Harris' strengths lie: in creating textured, thoughtful, involving characters the audience can sympathise with. And the interaction between them, and with the surrounding characters, is more than enough to make the movie worth a look. Even if everything else is rather inane.


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Run All Night

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Genre: Action/Adventure

In Theaters: Friday 13th March 2015

Distributed by: Warner Bros.

Production compaines: Energy Entertainment, Vertigo Entertainment

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Cast & Crew

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Producer: Roy Lee, , Brooklyn Weaver

Starring: as Jimmy Conlon, as Mike Conlon, as Gabrielle, as Shawn Maguire, as Detective Harding, as Mr. Price, as Danny Maguire, as Frank, James Martinez as Detective Jose Flores, John Cenatiempo as Tommy, as Kenan Boyle, as Pat Mullen, Malcolm Goodwin as Colston, as Shawn's Wife, Radivoje Bukvić as Victor Grezda, John Cenatiempo as Tommy, Daniel Stewart Sherman as Brendan

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