Run All Night

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Run all night is a gritty and authentic feeling crime movie starring Liam Neeson as a boozy, aging hit man. He’s compelled to face off against his long time friend and crime boss (Ed Harris) to protect his estranged son Mike (Joel Kinnaman) and his young family.

The movie moves at a brisk pace, thanks to competent direction from Juame Collet-Serra who has previously directed Neeson in Non-Stop and Unknown and who is also responsible for last summer’s shark thriller The Shallows. Those are all serviceable enough films, but Run All Night is better.

There are good performances all around from Neeson, Kinnaman and Harris. Rapper Common plays a hit man coming after Mike and Vincent D’Onofrio is solid as NYC Detective Harding.

The action unfolds evenly and feels dangerous and authentic throughout. It is much less stylized (mostly) than most recent action films and the authenticity amps up the tension. The final climax does get a little more stylized in it’s visual style and it feels somewhat incongruent with the rest of the picture, but in my opinion it didn’t take the viewer out of the experience. There is a very dangerous and exciting car chase and the fighting feels very authentic and brutal. Too kinetic to really be a classic crime drama, nevertheless, there are some great character moments generated by this competent thriller.

I liked that there was a genuinely decent hero to root for and the injustice of his (Mike’s) plight really sells the tension. Furthermore, the plot elements unfold in a believable way – giving the film a welcome sense of ringing true.

Strong language throughout – but it is not a barrage of F-bombs.