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Run All Night
May 7, 2015   
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There was a time when Liam Neeson preferred ambitious roles in critically acclaimed and award-winning movies such as Schindler’s List, The Mission and Michael Collins. Appearances in more lightweight stuff were rare, the notable exceptions being Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Kingdom of Heaven and Batman Begins. But recently the Northern Ireland-born actor, now in his 60s, has surprisingly turned into an action hero in a string of movies such as the Taken series, Unknown and Non-Stop. His latest project in this vein, Run All Night, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, has a poorly written, painfully cliché-ridden script, rife with plot holes and peppered with pompous dialogues. It’s not one of Neeson’s finest achievements.

Jimmy Conlon (Neeson), a veteran member of a New York gang headed by Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris—The Rock, Enemy at the Gates, A Beautiful Mind), has spent years as a hit man known as “Jimmy the Gravedigger.” Among his 17 hits was his own cousin, silenced before he had a chance to testify in court against the mob. Fast forward to today and Jimmy is a booze-swilling wreck who lives in a cold shack by the railroad tracks. Nobody shows him any kindness or even respect any more except Shawn himself, who treats Jimmy like a younger brother rather than employee.

Things take a dramatic turn one night in December, after Shawn’s son Danny (Boyd Holbrook—Milk, A Walk Among the Tombstones) unsuccessfully tries to talk his dad into sealing a drug deal with an Albanian gang. Unable to return a downpayment he got from the gang, Danny kills two Albanian mobsters. The shootings take place right in front of a limousine driver, who happens to be Jimmy’s son Mike (Joel Kinnaman—The Killing TV serial, RoboCop). A retired boxer, Conlon Jr. steers clear of organized crime. He’s a married father of two, his wife pregnant with their third child. Mike drives limos to supplement his meager income and it is pure bad luck that his customers that night were the two Albanian mobsters.

The inconvenient witness is now doomed, together with his entire family. Danny breaks into Mike’s house—where Mike’s dad promptly shoots him in the neck. Jimmy becomes Shawn’s number one enemy. Shawn sends Jimmy’s former gang mates, some corrupt cops and Andrew Price, a gun for hire played by rapper Common (Now You See Me, Wanted) to hunt him down.

Jimmy and his estranged son have to run. They find an unlikely ally in Harding (Vincent d’Onofrio—The Judge, Men in Black), an honorable cop who has been after Jimmy for 25 years and is willing to help him save his son if Jimmy agrees to confess to all his crimes and spend the rest of his days behind bars.

The movie delivers some good acting but more demanding viewers will find themselves wincing at the plot. Amateurish gangsters have a hard time finding a family of four in a small house, a shaky alcoholic with a bad hangover shoots mobsters down like sitting ducks, while special police units seem incapable of surrounding a building and capturing the two mangled main characters. The dialogues are no better than the plot, with cringeworthy lines such as “you should never pull the trigger unless you want to become me” or “you should have killed me when you had a chance.”

The kitsch factor reaches new heights in a scene where Jimmy makes a written confession. He lists all his victims on a sheet of paper with a big crucifix printed on it, which he finds by his mother’s deathbed in a hospital. Another problem with Run All Night is that the final scenes are a little too reminiscent of Sam Mendes’s Road to Perdition, where a trio of characters similar to that of Jimmy, Shawn and Price were played by Tom Hanks, Paul Newman and Jude Law.
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