Movie Review: Run All Night


RELEASE DATE: March 13, 2015
STUDIO: Warner Bros. Pictures
DIRECTOR: Jaume Collett-Sera
MPAA RATING: R (for strong violence, language including sexual references, and some drug use)
STARRING: Liam Neeson, Nick Nolte, Ed Harris, Vincent D’Onofrio, Joel Kinnaman, Patricia Kalember, Genesis Rodriguez, Boyd Holbrook
GENRE: Action

There’s a saying, “If you’ve seen one Liam Neeson movie then you’ve seen them all.” OK, maybe that’s just a quote from me but, since Taken he’s made a lot of movies where he’s a badass with issues. Believe me, I’m a fan (I believe that few do the tortured, drunken, ass kicker looking for redemption better than Neeson), but, much like Melissa McCarthy the act is getting old. So here we have “Run All Night”. A movie about Jimmy Conlon an old, down and out trigger man who has alienated his family and is the butt of jokes from his organized crime peers. He grew up with the big boss Shawn Maguire so, he gets a life long pass. After one fateful incident involving Shawn’s son Danny trying to kill Jimmy’s son Mike, Shawn and Jimmy’s friendship is tested. Now Jimmy has one night to set everything right for killing Maguire’s son with his former associates, the cops, and a hired assassin after them both. Will they both make it through the night or will Shawn have his revenge ?

My favorite thing about this movie is the fact that the action is very dirty and realistic. Most of the fights are up close and rough hand to hand encounters. This actually works well with Neeson being the age he is while fighting younger guys. It allows him to take a whooping but triumph in the end believably. Common comes across well as the emotionless killing machine Andrew Price. Ed Harris well as the world weary gangster Shawn Maguire. He seems like a genuinely good guy who just so happens to have had many people killed and engaged in numerous crimes. His and Jimmy’s friendship seems genuine when they interact with each other. The acting in the dramatic parts are done well. Mike Conlon is played by Joel Kinnaman of Robocop and The Killing fame. He holds his own in the scraps and the dramatic sections as well as anyone else.

As an action movie it’s pretty good. The acting is a step above most others in the genre and the fights and chase scenes are done well. It won’t change the way these things are made but it’s a decent way to spend two hours.