Here’s a call to the adrenaline seekers, and those that love movies that surge high in action, crime and violence, RUN ALL NIGHT will have you running for cover as you dodge bullets, duck in the chair from punches thrown and continue to cheer on the guy that we all have come to love in these action thrillers: Liam Neeson.
Seriously, Neeson has become that guy, you know the one that has can totally smack anyone down and whether he is the good guy or the bad, you still want him to come out on top, right? Jimmy Conlon(Liam Neeson) once known as the ‘Grave Digger’ in Brooklyn, New York, employed by his best friend, mob boss Shawn Maguire(Ed Harris) will show you what a true shake down looks like. Truly beyond his days of being the living legend, the movie opens with Jimmy drinking away his sins of the past.
Hot on his heels, as he has been forever is detective(D’Onfrio) who is begging and pleading with him to please come clean and relieve all the widows of their distress, “Just Please Confess Jimmy!” Hell No Jimmy is not confessing, but he is really not keeping up with life either. His son, Michael is estranged and he does not even know his grandkids, except from a distance, but was this his choice or the choice he made when he teamed up with Maguire? Lavishly live a truly adrenaline, mob-boss movie out loud with Run All Night.
The basic overview of the story is that Jimmy’s son(estranged) has a pretty straight-laced life and provides for his family. Conlon and Maguire track down memory lane at the beginning of the movie, while Conlon(Neeson) is in his drunken stooper drinking his sorrows away, and they discuss their past. You will get to know Maguire’s kid(Danny) who is pretty much a mess of a business guy, makes some wrong choices and ends up messing with the wrong crowd, one that Maguire(Ed Harris) is not about to back. Danny really wants the respect of his dad, but he hops into a world his dad will not commit too, because he knows how bad things can get! Danny continues to figure out how to bail himself out, while doing drugs and drinking. There is a large scuffle and suddenly a double homicide….. Somehow Mike’s(Conlon’s) chauffeur gig places him at the scene of the crime and there can be no witnesses that Danny committed this double homicide and the action starts from here.
Mike is now on Danny’s list, because he needs to ‘clean up his own shit’ and so he heads out to kill of Mike Conlon against his father’s(Ed Harris) orders. Pretty much you want to know at this point Maguire(Harris) will be pitted against Conlon(Liam Neeson), but it is an odd, off-color, on target, relationship that works more in Conlon’s favor than Maguire’s! Jimmy shows up at Mike’s, kills off Danny and well, you can guess at this point Maguire is coming for Conlon(both of them) Conlon must protect his son from Maguire as Maguire puts the HIT notice out on Conlon. As if it is not enough that Maguire throws all his men at Jimmy Conlon, he also contracts a professional killer whom Conlon is all too familiar with and let me tell you, the action does not stop! Let the Camaro chase commence.
The killer, Andrew Price(Common) is freaky-deaky about the only way I can describe him. Dressed up in a trench coat, all fashion-forward in his kickie glasses and yet so skilled, it is freakish. From the power cut to the scene where he gets nice and burned he challenges Conlon but really does not have control the way you might think this pro should, but don’t forget about him- cause he is not going anywhere!(may the fog lift please, lol–)
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I do believe what is rather different about this movie is the fact that somehow you get the whole background and history of Jimmy Conlon, is relationship to Maguire and the movie only spans about 14-15 hours of his life that Jimmy is trying to keep his son free from death.
Because you get to understand who Jimmy was, and the demons he is running from it is cool to see that his character understands why people hate him and really want to run him down when he is under pursuit. The other side of this is the tough guy, nut-busting, paper towel dispenser hitting Jimmy who is always one step ahead of the ‘mob’ because of course he worked for them. Jimmy knows what they are thinking, why and how they will react in any given situation which lets him be the coolest of the cats!
Conlon’s son, Michael, is such the opposite of his dad, a hard-working, guy with a job that he reports to daily and is on a real payroll. He has a family and he is a contributing member of his family both emotionally and financially. Pay attention though, because what you see and respect in Michael, you may actually come to see in the cranky, ‘Gravedigger’.
The Professional Hitman – Andrew Price(Common). I can’t say enough how much this many irked me and he was really the largest stumbling block for Conlon as well, but somehow Conlon fought his rotten aura off.
The dark rooms, the car chases, the fog scene and the incredible amount of violence make this movie the action flick that Neeson needed to do to fight back after what Taken 2 and 3 had taken away from him. The Neeson we have come to know is a good actor and he easily handles all the physicality that comes with each role, while also intelligently playing out the character, and while the Conlon persona initially takes away from what actually develops in the movie, you will be rewarded with the Neeson you like to see in a movie!
From Warner Bros. Pictures comes the action thriller “Run All Night,” starring Oscar nominee Liam Neeson (“Schindler’s List,” “Non-Stop”), Joel Kinnaman (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), Vincent D’Onofrio (“The Judge”), and Oscar nominee Ed Harris (“Pollock,” “The Hours”), under the direction of Jaume Collet-Serra (“Non-Stop”). Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson), once known as The Gravedigger, has seen better days.
Longtime best friend of mob boss Shawn Maguire (Harris), Jimmy, now 55, is haunted by the sins of his past—as well as a dogged police detective (D’Onofrio) who’s been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years. Lately, it seems Jimmy’s only solace can be found at the bottom of a whiskey glass. But when Jimmy’s estranged son, Mike (Kinnaman), becomes a target, Jimmy must make a choice between the crime family he chose and the real family he abandoned long ago.
With Mike on the run, Jimmy’s only penance for his past mistakes may be to keep his son from the same fate Jimmy is certain he’ll face himself…at the wrong end of a gun. Now, with nowhere safe to turn, Jimmy just has one night to figure out exactly where his loyalties lie and to see if he can finally make things right. “Run All Night” stars Neeson, Kinnaman, D’Onofrio, Bruce McGill (“Ride Along”), Genesis Rodriguez (“Identity Thief”), Boyd Holbrook (HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra”), Holt McCallany (“Gangster Squad”), with Common (“Now You See Me”) and Harris. Collet-Serra directs from a screenplay by Brad Ingelsby (“Out of the Furnace”). The film is produced by Roy Lee (“The Departed”), Brooklyn Weaver (executive producer, “Out of the Furnace”), and Michael Tadross (“Gangster Squad,” “Sherlock Holmes”), with John Powers Middleton (TV’s “Bates Motel”) serving as executive producer.
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Truly a flick of action, itchy trigger fingers, car chases and scenes that will get that adrenaline pumping. Lavishly living Liam Neeson’s tough guy persona out loud, catch this movie in theaters nationwide. If you were not a Neeson fan, you will be, and if you have never seen him in action before, this is the movie to see it happen. As the movie warms up, so does his true personality and ability to crank out action that makes him cool. The movie is violent as much as it is action packed, but again, it certainly is not rated for that U18 crowd! Enjoy and don’t choke on the popcorn when you are dodging bullets and jumping from buildings on this wild, extreme, very long night. Grab your date, and their hand, and slurp away on action as “No Sin Goes Unpunished!”
I attended this movie as a press screening. Thoughts and opinions are my own, yours may differ.