'Run All Night'
(Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent D'Onofrio, Bruce McGill, Genesis Rodriguez, et al / Blu ray+DVD / R / 2015 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Liam Neeson) is forced to take on his brutal former boss (Ed Harris) to protect his estranged son and his family.
Blu ray+DVD Verdict: Liam Neeson plays professional Brooklyn pitman, Jimmy "The Gravedigger" Conlon, who's best friends with his boss, Sean Maguire. But when Sean's son, Danny, is about to kill Jimmy's son, Michael, Jimmy does what he needs to protect Michael at all cost. Hunted by the mobs, Jimmy and Michael must survive the night and hope that they can get their version of the truth to the only good cop in town.
The scene of Ed Harris and Liam Neeson in a restaurant across from each other, face to face, is reminiscent of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro's iconic scene in Michael Mann's "Heat," the difference is Ed and Liam's characters share a background, they share a past, you get to see Ed and Liam both stating their cases, exchanging threats, it's a display of caliber performances, anytime you get two heavyweight actors like this in a room together, you'd want them to throw lines at each other that would set the tone for the rest of the movie, that there's going to be bloodbath from that point forward.
The final conflict between those two characters is more or less a carbon copy of screenwriter Brad Ingelsby's previous film, "Out Of The Furnace," it does give you the impression like Ingelsby can't come up with a different scenario and you wonder if he's going to rehash the same thing again in his next movie, but 'Run All Night' aims to give you a satisfying closure, just like those Martin Scorsese's gangster movies where you just know that the bad guys will eat a bullet, there's no room for them to walk into the sunset breathing free. Another thing that's interesting about Liam Neeson's character, Jimmy, is, well, the way we can describe it is.. what if Whitey Bulger had a conscience?! Liam's Jimmy is pretty much Whitey with regrets.
Director Jaumet Collet-Serra's previous run with Liam Neeson was 2011's 'Unknown' and 2014's 'Non-Stop' both of which didn't impress me, I guess third time's the charm. Instead of a plane, this time Collet-Serra has everybody in New York city hunting down Liam and Joel Kinnaman. And what you get is a gritty, merciless, well-shot movie with so many gun fights, you would think that you're watching a western flick. And I like that, this is what we want from a revenge thriller. And in the middle of the storm is the father-and-son redemption drama that leaves a lasting impression. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2:40.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Shoot All Night Featurette
Liam Neeson: Action All Night Featurette