Run All Night (2015)
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.
The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Martin Ruhe (“The American”), production designer Sharon Seymour (“Argo”), editor Dirk Westervelt (“Journey to the Center of the Earth”), and costume designer Catherine Marie Thomas (“The Heat”). The music is by Oscar nominated composer Alan Silvestri (“The Polar Express,” “Forrest Gump”).
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Run All Night Blu-ray Review
Neeson plays a washed up Brooklyn hit man named Jimmy Conlon. Haunted by his past sins he keeps away from his family, and drinks the remaining days of his life away. But when Jimmy's son, Mike (Kinnaman), gets in trouble, Neeson is called upon to put his old skills to use and protect his estranged family.
While, at first, Run All Night seems a bit slow, it's just setting up the exposition for what is a thrill ride later on in the film. Each actor is perfectly cast in their roles. The combination of such old-school powerhouses such as Neeson, Ed Harries, Vincent D'Onofrio, and the fresh blood of Joel Kinnaman, Common (Wanted, Now You See Me), and Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl, Jane Got a Gun) really make for a very energetic and smart film.
Liam Neeson's career was given a kind of rebirth ever since he showed audiences in Taken that older men can still have a strong action presence in Hollywood. Since then, his career has been a non-stop thrill ride with a plethora of action films that seem to come out every six-eight months. He has redefined the tough guy persona giving the over 40 set a hero to look up to and aspire (or at least fantasize) to becoming.
This is the third time director Jaume Collet-Serra has worked with Neeson, and you can easily tell that this relationship enhances the film. It seems Collet-Serra knows exactly what to say to get the best performance out of Neeson, and it's a collaboration that, so far, has produced great results. As of late, there have been talks of Neeson hanging up his action persona for good, and I hope he doesn't do that without having at least one more collaboration with Jaume Collet-Serra.
The video is presented in a 1080p AVC 2.4:1 aspect ratio. While not the best video presentation, Run All Night works with what is can since the film is entirely shot at night, and many scenes are muted. Look for some washed out colors and a little blurring along the edges.
The audio encoded in DTS HD-MA 7.1 really bounces off the walls of your home theater room. While some of the background musical soundtrack is often muted, all the dialog, gun-shots, and explosions are heard perfectly.
Lately Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has been doing a superb job on the quality of special features on their Blu-ray releases. Unfortunately, it looks like this one slipped through the cracks. Run All Night includes only 2 featurettes on the film; however, as a consolation prize, they do have a 16 minute deleted scene section, that predominantly features Nick Nolte's (48 Hrs, Cape Fear) character that was mostly cut from the film.
While Run All Night is not in the same league as some of Liam Neeson's other action films (Taken, Non-Stop), it is a very gripping and engaging story that has a great cast of actors, enough action to please, and picture and sound that will keep you glued to your television set for the entire run-time.
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