Run All Night (2015) Movie Review by Darrin Gauthier

Run All Night Review

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Writer: Brad Ingelsby
Stars: Liam Neeson,  Ed Harris,  Joel Kinnaman

Mobster and hit man Jimmy Conlon has one night to figure out where his loyalties lie: with his estranged son, Mike, whose life is in danger, or his longtime best friend, mob boss Shawn Maguire, who wants Mike to pay for the death of his own son.
Running time: 1 hour 54 minutes
IMDB Score: 6.6

Why I watched it: Mostly for Neeson and Harris, I really like Ed Harris he’s good in everything he’s in and Neeson is very good in these types of film.
What I liked: Easily the best part of the film is Neeson and Harris and when they’re on screen together the film works for me, when they’re not well it falls apart.  Also want to give D’Onofrio credit he has the thankless role of the “Cop” but he’s very good.  I liked the idea of seeing these crooks or mobsters if you will be these aging men, who have murdered and committed crimes but are also fathers and husbands, also showing how these two men have been life long friends.  The scenes of Harris and Neeson being old friends are very good but men are good actors and they have chemistry together.

What I didn’t like: This a very dumb film, I would almost call it a mess, the plot is just dumb and the real bad thing here is the script this might have been a decent film but man the script let’s everyone down.  Almost everything doesn’t work here, Joel Kinnaman is miscast here, and really though he has nothing to work with, he’s a married guy and he hates his father that’s it to say the performance is one note would be kind.

Once father and son are on the “Run All Night” the film almost goes to a comedy it’s so badly written, the action is boring and by the numbers.  The one thing I couldn’t get past is Common’s character this hit man a master killer, I like Common and he’s done some good work but this character is a joke, he’s a plot device, he’s a boring killer and not a very good bad guy.

My biggest problem is the main plot thread is so forced it’s silly, cause Neeson’s son kills Harris’s  son pretty much everyone must die, Harris won’t say alright I understand or at least work a deal so by the end it’s like they’re boxed in, the script and plot has given them nowhere to go and it plays out exactly  like you would think it would but the problem is by that point we don’t care.  My other huge problem is how lazy the action and chases are handled, there’s so many plot holes it isn’t funny.

Final thoughts: Neeson and Harris deserved a better movie.

Rating: 4/10

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