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Run All Night (2015) Movie Review by Stephen McLaughlin

RUN ALL NIGHT

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

Mobster and hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson) has one night to figure out where his loyalties lie: with his estranged son, Mike (Kinnaman) whose life is in danger, or his longtime best friend, mob boss Shawn Maguire (Harris) who wants Mike to pay for the death of his own son.

You know something? “Run All Night” is a pretty decent attempt of an action thriller. You would be forgiven if you thought after the disappointing “Taken 3” that Liam Neeson’s career as an action hero was all but over but here he isn’t playing the hero in the way of Brian Mills. Neeson’s Jimmy Conlon is a damaged figure. His family have disowned him for years, he is a laughing stock within his circles as a waster and a drunk with a past reputation as a henchman for Shawn Maguire who appears to be the only friend or the only human being who gives Conlon a second thought.

Neeson plays this role so well as a broken man and it’s a nice slant on the character that breathes new life into the actors career and allows him to play a darker role than that of the Taken franchise. His interactions with the brilliant Harris are great and enjoyable to watch.

I’ve been a fan of Ed Harris since the 1990’s and his versatility as an actor holds no bounds. In fact, in “Run All Night” we see multiple versions of the same character. A straight laced business man with a murky past, a friend to a down an out (Conlon), a grieving father and a nasty villain all rolled into one film.

Kinnaman’s career is on the up and roles in Suicide Squad as Rick Flag and TV’s The Killing as Stephen Holder have held the actor in good stead and fits right in comfortably up against veteran actors as Neeson and Harris with ease. His character Mike has a deep hatred for his father Jimmy and is ashamed of him. The scenes early on with Kinnaman and Neeson are deliberately awkward and tense. Mike is a simple man who wants a simple life with his family and that all comes crumbling down upon him one night for being the wrong guy in the wrong place at the wrong time (where have I heard that before?)

To be fair Director Jaume Collet-Serra’s style reminds me a lot like Pierre Morel. The pace is electric and the dialogue is interesting without being pretentious. His work with Director of Photography Martin Ruhe (Harry Brown) is stylish and i didn’t mind those little “Google Map” effects they threw in to give the audience an idea of the layout of the neighbourhood, zooming in and out of the area and dropping you in the next point of interest.

I shouldn’t be making the comparison but is “Run All Night” better than “Taken”? Not a chance. Is it better than “Taken 3” without a doubt. I’m glad I gave this movie a go and although it isn’t the best action / thriller I have watched this year, it isn’t bad either. I would recommend watching this as I found it enjoyable and interesting enough.

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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