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Movie Review: Run All Night

By Alexandra Mitchell on Nov 13, 2015 to New Movies

Oh Liam…Liam, Liam, Liam. How I adore you in order to keep watching action films in which you are a dangerous man with a special set of skills.  Just as Liam’s other films, Run All Night has some guns, some danger, and some pulse-pounding fighting.  Check out the trailer!

In the case of Run All Night, Jimmy Conlon (Liam Neeson) is a former hit-man for his best friend Shawn Maguire’s mob operation. Maguire, played by Ed Harris, runs a tough crew and rides his son (Boyd Holbrook) to learn how to be a proper boss.  When Danny Maguire screws up, his failure drags Conlon’s son Mike (Joel Kinnaman) into the mix. Conlon kills Danny and Poppa Mob Boss isn’t so pleased about it. The event pins friend against friend as Conlon attempts to protect his son from being killed or becoming a killer himself.

Ed Harris and Liam Neeson in Run All Night

Ed Harris and Liam Neeson in Run All Night

While the plot is fairly commonplace and predictable, three aspects particularly fascinated me. One part is the action sequences. This movie is pretty pumped full of high octane stuff, which I mean, it’s a Liam Neeson movie so of course it is. Amazing car chase, intense gun fights, and even a delightful cat-and-mouse hunt sequence in the woods all play into the intensity of the film.

The second aspect I enjoyed was the supporting cast.  While Neeson and Harris are the biggest names, plenty of outstanding actors play ancillary roles. Bruce McGill and Holt McCallany play a couple of henchmen working for Harris. Rap artist Common plays a vicious hit-man hired by Harris to take out Neeson and his son.  Vincent D’Onofrio is a cop who has been trying to hunt down Neeson for his crimes for years.  While Neeson and Harris shine as the leads, the supporting cast is full of fantastic actors who are amazing support.

Liam Neeson and Joel Kinnaman as father and son in Run All Night

Liam Neeson and Joel Kinnaman as father and son in Run All Night

The third and last part I enjoyed the psychological connection between the Conlons. Being a hit-man meant Neeson was not around as a father. Kinnaman does well playing the angry son with daddy issues. While Kinnaman rails against his dear old dad for picking the mob over their family, Neeson is struggling with dealing with the ghosts of those he has murdered.  Neeson spends the whole movie making sure his son never has to bear the same pain. That act is a unique and fatherly approach to trying to kill your way out of a bad situation.  Ah, fatherly love.

It terms of action, it is definitely a good flick to check out. It’s a straight forward run-away-or-die film. It isn’t ground breaking but Liam Neeson is a badass, so really you can’t go wrong.










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