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Movie Review: Run All Night – Exciting, intense thriller


Run All night .. review

Cast: Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman, Boyd Holbrook, Common

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

The action is exciting and intense, the body count high in this beautifully shot dark thriller about a  retired hitman who must challenge his mobster best buddy, in order to save his estranged son and his family. The  hero of  Schindler’s List and Rob Roy plays against type  as Irish-American  hit man Jimmy Conlon (aka The Gravedigger) and best pal of crime boss Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris, utterly convincing as a baddie).

 From the opening frame itself, the viewer learns that Jimmy is haunted by his past and tries to drown himself in drink much in the manner of Javier Bardem’s character in The Gunman. Maguire’s son is cut from the same cloth, but in Jimmy’s case, bad seed has not yielded bad fruit. His son, Mike (Joel Kinnaman) cuts off ties and works hard to stick to the straight and narrow path of a family man, limo driver and mentor to underprivileged kids.

Then a deal struck by Maguire’s son Danny ((Boyd Holbrook) with Albanian drugs runners, goes horribly wrong, and results in Mike becoming a target of bloodlust and revenge. “I had to kill people I loved because I couldn’t trust them,” says the morally bankrupt Shawn in a powerful scene.

Prodigal father Jimmy must decide where his loyalties lie: between his vindictive crime family or the real family he had turned his back on. Family comes first says this nail biting suspense filled crime drama about the wages of failed parenting, sin, and reconciliation.”There’s things I’ve done… that can never be forgiven’, mutters Neeson in the opening monologue (the cops are crooked and he’s killed 17 people before the start of the film).

‘In this life, no sin goes unpunished.’ We can’t say we agree. Have we not seen people get away with murder in real life and reel? Tense from start to end, Run All Night reveals the seamy underbelly of a city in a telling example of familial reconciliation in the absence of faith and grace.