Run All Night Film Review

Film Review by Jon E Clist
Run All Night

The Premise
Professional Brooklyn hitman Jimmy Conlon is more commonly known as THE GRAVEDIGGER. Jimmy was a mob hit-man, who was best friends with his boss Sean Maguire. But when Jimmy's son, Michael, is marked for death by the mob, Jimmy must go up against Sean to protect Michael at all costs. Together, he and Michael must avoid corrupt cops, contract killers and the mob to survive the night.

The Review
Okay so here we have a film that builds around the premise that Liam Neeson is an ex-tough guy who in order to protect his family has to get down and dirty again and probably kill a stack load of bad blokes. Sound familiar? Sure, it’s really the synopsis of most off Neeson’s films in the past decade, so you would be forgiven for thinking that this is going to be more of the same but delivered in a format that comes no place close to the greatness that was Taken. (To clarify I am not referencing Taken 2 or 3)

Anyway with some clever reshuffling this film actually brings something a little different. Neeson’s Jimmy Conlon is not the all amazing ass-kicker that we have seen in the past, sure he has some skills but he is still a drunk has-been and therefore there is a vulnerability in his character that actually gives a little more than the previous films in this new genre of “Neeson ass-kickers”.

It certainly helps to have Kinnaman playing his son. You may remember this actor from his stellar role in the brilliant TV series The Killing and as one of the good elements to the Robocop remake. He is stellar at playing the good guy who has something rough as hiding underneath, and that is the ability to potentially be a bad guy. It made him believable as Robocop when he has to turn nasty and in The Killing it had you guessing whether or not he was the bad guy. Here it is that he deep down has the ability to turn from his nice family ways and get down and dirty to save them. I like that… it is the anti-hero and this film is full of them.

Then of course you add in the always dazzlingly brilliant Ed Harris. Here is an actor who although hasn’t had many leading roles, has amassed a career in film with some of the most memorable performances. So he brings the drama without being hammy, like so many other villains. (Or in this case all of the villains in Taken 3)

The Verdict
The story is okay, as is the script and there’s enough action to keep the boys happy, so I guess it is a win-win for a blokes night out.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 19th March 2015
Rating: R16 - Contains violence, offensive language & drug use
Duration: 114 minutes 
Genre:  Action
Starring: Liam Neeson, Ed Harris and Joel Kinnaman
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra (Non-Stop, Orphan)

The Extras
The third collaboration between director 'Jaume Collet-Sera' (q.v) and star 'Liam Neeson' (q.v.).

Listed among the cast when the film was in production, 'Nick Nolte' (q.v.) had much of his material cut from the final release; as such, he is uncredited for his brief appearance.

In the movie Liam Neeson Characters son's name is Michael, which is also one of his son’s names in real life.

In the trailer "Danny Boy" is played. Liam Neeson sang "Danny Boy" in "The Lego Movie"

This is the second time actors Liam Neeson and Boyd Holbrook worked together. They previously appeared in "A Walk among the Tombstones"