Main Plot Points:
- 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.
What We Thought:
- Run All Night is a bit slow at times, but overall I liked it.
- I liked it way more than Liam Neeson’s last flick A Walk Among the Tombstones. This at least had more development and characters I could root for/against.
- There are some negatives, but I’ll start with the positives. Besides Neeson, the cast is great. You have Ed Harris who is always awesome. Joel Kinnaman who was in the terrible RoboCop remake, but his other work is good. Common is always good plus for some reason doesn’t hype the fact Vincent D’Onofrio is in it.
- The basic concept is easy enough to understand which helps considering how many characters there are. The son of Ed Harris screws up, get’s killed and Neeson and his son played by Kinnaman have to pay for it. D’Onofrio is a cop trying to get them and Common is a hired killer out for them as well.
- It seems a lot more layered than it is and it plays out nicely. If you are used to crime dramas, you should be able to follow along. It wraps up easy enough and doesn’t try to get too smart for its own good.
- The negatives. First, it’s really slow at times. I mean painfully slow. There’s a lot of scenes drawn out way too long and other scenes that take too long to develop.
- I also hated, HATED, the transition shots. There was no need for them and they served zero purpose. Half of them didn’t even lead to where the scene was going. One transition is simply watching the 7 train go by. That’s it. They took me out of the film and I wish they weren’t in the film.
- I think it could have really used a soundtrack as well. The concept of running all night to stay alive reminded me of the film Judgment Night which had an amazing soundtrack. I think a soundtrack could have helped with pacing too.
- Sure Run All Night is just another Liam Neeson Action Flick (that’s a genre now right?), but I’ve liked most of them. He’s great at them and this one has a better cast. Not a Summer Blockbuster, but good enough for March. Plus I really want to steal the shot of Neeson’s old rifle you see in the trailer that looks like a GoPro was strapped to it!
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Liam Neeson
- Ed Harris
- Joel Kinnaman
- Vincent D’Onofrio
- Genesis Rodriguez
Recommended if You Like:
- A Walk Among the Tombstones
- Neeson Action Flicks!