Star –Liam Neeson
Genre – Action Thriller
Run Time – 114 minutes
Certificate – 18
Country – USA
Amazon – £ DVD Blue Ray
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So Run All Night, Spanish director Jamie Collet-Serra’s third collaboration with Liam Neeson, joining previous films Unknown and Non Stop, both enjoyable taught action packed mystery thrillers. Post Taken we know what to expect of Neeson and this is more of the same as he continues to churn out these enjoyable action romps where his character starts off weak and exposed and ends up fully tuned and kicking some major butt, laden with special skills and always some sort of family jeopardy at stake to motivate his fight back, this time his son. He is so likeable and appealing on screen as the lumbering father going through his midlife crisis every movie we cant help but watch him do it over again and again, Run all Night right up there, dare I say a three dimensional thriller this time from Neeson.
• Liam Neeson as Jimmy Conlon
• Joel Kinnaman as Mike Conlon
• Ed Harris as Shawn Maguire
• Common as Mr. Price
• Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Harding
• Boyd Holbrook as Danny Maguire
• Bruce McGill as Pat Mullen
• Génesis Rodríguez as Gabriela Conlon
• Holt McCallany as Frank
• Malcolm Goodwin as Colston
• Beau Knapp as Kenan Boyle
• Lois Smith (no dialogue) as Margaret Conlon, Jimmy's mother
• Nick Nolte (uncredited) as Eddie Conlon
Tell everyone to get ready. Jimmy's coming...
Haunted by his past as an Irish mob enforcer, Jimmy "The Gravedigger" Conlon (Liam Neeson) is bitter and drunk most of the time, his son Mike (Joel Kinnaman), a retired professional boxer, not remotely interested in being around him and not letting him see his granddaughters Catelyn and Lily. Jimmy has done some bad things in his past and no use to anyone right now.
When his central heating breaks down he may be finally of some use to someone, loan shark and drug dealer Danny Maguire (Boyd Holbrook), the son of Jimmy’s old mobster boss Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris), lending him $800, if he plays Santa at the Maguire kid’s party. Danny is in no state to argue.
Later, across town, Danny tries to cut a heroine deal with some Albanian mobsters, but his father not approving, which upsets the Alabamians. Danny now has to pay back the big bucks to the Albanian’s they gave him to secure the deal, which he doesn’t have. Chauffeuring those Albanians around town is Jimmy’s son Mike, oblivious to whom the guys are. When Danny decides to whack them to avoid paying out, Mike is caught up in the shootout and witnesses an execution, dropping his wallet at the scene and so the thugs coming around to his family home to finis off the remaining witness.
Jimmy sobers up and dispatched to the house to make sure no harm comes to his boy, the family sent to a safe house and Jimmy the night guard. Mike wants to call the cops but Jimmy warns his son they are just as bad, many on Danny’s payroll. When Danny’s goons do hit the house Jimmy has to shoot Danny dead and so go on the run with Mike, as he has called the cops and they want him dead. But Jimmy has more than the cops to worry about as his old boss Shawn wants revenge on Jimmy for killing his boy. He knows it was self defense it’s not the way it works in the Irish mob. And if that’s not enough, Shawn also employs a hitman to kill father and son Conlan and the rest of his family. It’s going to be along night, decent cop Detective Harding (Vincent D'Onofrio) their only alley.
Run All Night starts out as a seemingly predictable, formulaic affair, but in the end it's a heart-pounding thriller. Its great fun. Neeson is quite simply the best at this action genre now and his hound dog expressions and lumbering vulnerability mixed with absolute menace irresistible on screen.
Taken is one of those cult films that joins the likes of Under Seige and Die Hard that you will watch over and over again and that has left a good taste in Neeson’s future projects. The older tough but decent guy still beating up on young and fitter guy’s just appeals to likewise middle aged guys and women of a certain age. He can keep regurgitating this stuff with a tweak here and there for ever more.
The plot is fairly generic but a lot more depth for a Neeson movie this time around. It tricks you early on that maybe it won’t be what you expect it to be but as the movie accelerates so does Liam’s skills and movie appeal. The familiar black leather jacket and the twinkle of those brown eyes and that fantastic Irish brogue is the signal to open a serious can of whipass.
For its $50million it did $ 71 million back and so a decent profit. He can carry a movie and if you keep the cost down with an unknown cast he can trouser a lot of that money although Ed Harris excellent here. Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman, with that Justin Timberlake thing going on, also impressed and one to watch out for, the guy in the Robocop reboot, I recall. Nick Nolte’s appearance is fleeting to say the least so forget about him.
Imdb.com – 6.6/10.0 (78,435votes)
Rottentomatos.com – 60% critic’s approval
Metacritic.com – 50% critic’s approval
It’s a Blue Ray but that doesn’t really add to the experience as the film is mostly shot at night as the boy’s race around the city. Sound is a little crackly but I think that was my TV this time. There are no extras on the normal DVD so that’s what you’re paying the extra for.
Cast & Crew talks about the movie.
The director talks about his film and relationship with Liam Neeson.
Sight & Sound –‘The talking point today will be about how Run All Night is one of many Neeson action movies, but what will be remembered years later is that it's one of the best’.
Daily Telegraph –‘While this particular bandwagon is fast running out of road, Run All Night shows there's mileage in it yet’.
Chicago Sum Times –‘Even though it feels as if we’ve seen this movie before, Run All Night is a stylish and kinetic thriller, with Neeson at his gritty, world-weary best, some of the coolest camera moves in recent memory and a Hall of Fame villain in the great Ed Harris’.
The Mail –‘Run All Night isn't dull. The pace is breakneck, and necks get broken. But the violence is relentless, ugly, unredeemed by any real humanity’.
The Sun –‘It's definitely a remake of 'Road to perdition(2002)' with modern-era-recipient. But, 4 stars (2 fathers, 2 sons) act brilliant, touching and emotional’.
The NY Post –‘"Liam Neeson is in typically fine form, but Run All Night suffers from a convoluted plot and workmanlike execution’.
Time Out –‘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’.