Run All Night – 3 out 5
Liam Neeson definitely has some star power behind him and it’s a power that completely influences some of the films I will see. For example, I never would have paid to see Battleship in the theater if it wasn’t for him being in the film. However, as badass as the guy is, his ability to convincingly be someone who has that special set of skills that involve bustin’ suckas in the face doesn’t always translate to the entire production of the film being good, decent or even watchable. He’s been in some stinkers (for example, Battleship) but is Run All Night as awesome as Taken or is it as bad as the sequels to Taken?
|I'd probably piss myself if Neeson gave me that look because it's clear an ass-kicking|
Jimmy “The Gravedigger” Conlon (Neeson) might sound like a name of a professional wrestler but he’s a former mob enforcer who has fallen on hard times and spends more time drinking than mob enforcing. His life caused a schism between himself and his son Mike (Joel Kinnaman). One night, Jimmy’s former boss Shawn Maquire (Ed Harris) rejects a deal his son Danny (Boyd Holbrook) set up and it results in Danny killing some men and Mike accidentally becoming a witness. Jimmy comes to his son’s aid and kills Danny. Shawn, rightfully upset, tells Jimmy that since the former enforcer killed his son, he will see Jimmy’s boy meet the same fate. Now Jimmy must do everything he can to protect his son.
|He can protect his son because he has a certain set of...guns to help kill people with.|
What did you think I was going to say?
The trailer to this one looked pretty cool and seemed like it would have some killer, gritty action sequences. However, as much as I like Liam Neeson, a lot of his movies aren’t as good as he is as an actor so I’m reluctant to shell out the cash to see it in the theaters. This one definitely looked cool but it also, most certainly, was going to be a film I would wait to see when it hits the home market. Overall, I’m glad I waited because it definitely wasn’t worth the cash for a theater visit BUT it’s not as bad as some of his other recent films have been.
|Common was so badass it was a crime |
he wasn't in the film more.
|Ed Harris' performance is pretty intimidating. Just this pic is making me ready to |
surrender and give him whatever he wants so he won't hurt me.
|The crazy eyes that bothered me in RoboCop are definitely under control now.|
|Let's be real: Nolte probably got the role because he was|
living on the set under a pile of rags.
|Even though his character was underutilized, anytime D'Onofrio is in a movie is|
a win in my book because that dude is talented!
Run All Night is a serviceable but not too memorable action film. The cast is great and the action is definitely satisfying but the story doesn’t feel that unique and it’s is only hampered by some lazy moments in the plot. It is definitely one of the better films that Neeson has starred in during the last few years but the film does fall short of the potential it has.