Run All Night

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  • Summary: Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Liam Neeson), once known as “The Gravedigger,” has seen better days. Longtime best friend of mob boss Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris), Jimmy, now 55, is haunted by the sins of his past—as well as a dogged police detective (Vincent D'Onofrio)Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Liam Neeson), once known as “The Gravedigger,” has seen better days. Longtime best friend of mob boss Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris), Jimmy, now 55, is haunted by the sins of his past—as well as a dogged police detective (Vincent 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 (Joel 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. 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. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Mar 12, 2015
    88
    Even though it feels as if we’ve seen this movie before, Run All Night is a stylish and kinetic thriller, with Neeson at his gritty, world-weary best, some of the coolest camera moves in recent memory and a Hall of Fame villain in the great Ed Harris.
  2. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Mar 13, 2015
    75
    The trailers make Run All Night look like a fast-paced shoot-'em-up and, although those elements are present, this is a darker and grimmer experience.
  3. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Mar 12, 2015
    70
    The movie, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who directed Mr. Neeson in the efficient airborne thriller “Non-Stop,” has two saving graces: a tight script and terrific acting.
  4. Reviewed by: Carson Lund
    Mar 12, 2015
    63
    This time around, in spotlighting Liam Neeson's fatigued charisma, Jaume Collet-Serra's formidable filmmaking chops have plateaued.
  5. Reviewed by: Chris Klimek
    Mar 12, 2015
    60
    There’s a lot going on in this movie. But all that texture turns out to be a virtue.
  6. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Mar 13, 2015
    50
    Run All Night isn't dull. The pace is breakneck, and necks get broken. But the violence is relentless, ugly, unredeemed by any real humanity.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Mar 12, 2015
    20
    Fatigue is all we get from Run All Night.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. Mar 13, 2015
    10
    Run All Night is a gritty, pulse pounding and engaging thriller, that is Serra's best colab with Neeson. The story is fantastic, it is wellRun All Night is a gritty, pulse pounding and engaging thriller, that is Serra's best colab with Neeson. The story is fantastic, it is well written and acted brilliantly by Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman and hell, even Common. The camera angles are TRIPPY, the most interesting cinematography I have seen in a movie. Overall, the sick action, great story, beautiful cinematography and the brilliant writing make for a darker, more psychologicaly handled action thriller. Way better than Tombstones. Expand
  2. Mar 15, 2015
    9
    Definitely one of the better movies I've seen in a while. A good old-fashioned ganster shoot-em-up type movie with an interesting story,Definitely one of the better movies I've seen in a while. A good old-fashioned ganster shoot-em-up type movie with an interesting story, engaging characters, and great acting. The action was very realistic and believable to an extent. It was gritty and somewhat dark. Neeson is awesome as usual. Not much to complain about really. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommend if you like a "realistic" action movie with good story elements. Expand
  3. Apr 19, 2015
    8
    'Run All Night', although very similar to Neeson's 'Taken' trilogy, offers an interesting action/drama/thriller blend that will surely keep'Run All Night', although very similar to Neeson's 'Taken' trilogy, offers an interesting action/drama/thriller blend that will surely keep your attention for the duration of the movie. Unlike the 'Taken' trilogy, where Neeson actually carried the whole movie himself, here we have the excellent Ed Harris, whose character takes a big chunk of the weight off of Neeson, although he is still the main focus of the movie.

    With a touch of aesthetically crafted details and scenes, 'Run All Night' offers both drama and action, a touching and thrilling story with classical action film elements. Although the latter causes a visible lack of originality plot-wise and a series of (stereo)typical elements, the former is so powerfully crafted that you're actually able to disregard the majority of those elements.

    Certainly, although you'll be able to predict the ending quite early on, 'Run All Night' is a movie worth watching, because of Neeson and Harris, if nothing else. Cheers!
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  4. Apr 30, 2015
    7
    Yes I know this review is late but March has been a slow month for me with movies not playing at my location theater, it's a pain in the assYes I know this review is late but March has been a slow month for me with movies not playing at my location theater, it's a pain in the ass sometimes but hey I finally got a chance to watch it and this is what I have to say about.

    The story to Run All Night is about a prolific and aging hitman, Jimmy Conlon, once known as The Gravedigger, has fallen on hard times. With the sins of his past catching up, he finds out his estranged son has been targeted by his former mob boss and must now choose between the crime family he grew up with or the family he left behind.

    I think I was like everybody else when I sawed the trailer to Run All Night thinking it was another copy cat of Taken with Liam Neeson playing the same character. With all these movie with Liam Neeson playing pretty much the same character in every movie his in is getting a bit old now and his movies now I would call them The Liam Neeson film with action and bullets flying everywhere. Now I don't hate Liam Neeson I actually freaking love the guy he's awesome and his really funny when his mad.

    After the long search for this movie and finally viewing it I was actually surprise that this wasn't another Taken movie and more of a movie that can stand on it's own feet as a revenge thriller with a lot of good things in it.

    Liam Nesson in this movie isn't just playing himself this time, he's actually got a character ark in this movie and his character isn't all perfect but more damage and understandable. Liam Nesson did a great performance showing all the pain and sadness from his character and Liam nailed it because well this shows you that Liam Nesson...is a great actor. Liam Nesson character is the kind of character that I think we all can relate to when he isn't perfect but he's trying his hardest to make things right but it doesn't quite work out, we had that in are life's and it may not happened to you yet but it will do sooner or late, and as I said before Liam pulled it off excellently.

    Ed Harris was also great in this movie as he added a lot to his character just like Nesson. I think Liam Nesson and Ed Harris back and forward with each other and how both of them stare each other down, sh*t talking to each other and ready to attack and the movie took a whole scene to show that and it was like art house brilliant for two characters who are both damage to bounce off each other with their emotions really made one heck of a show.

    The directing of the movie I thought did a great job directing characters and actions scenes. The writing in the movie that can be cliche at times but still has some bad-ass lines that will crack a smile on your face or leave you in silence.

    The title of the movie doesn't lie at all, the movie is literally set on one night and everyone is always moving around and nobody get's a break everything's always moving. This is what action movie plot should be like and Run All Night gives you that plot that isn't stupid but more creative for what they had.

    Now for problems I do have some like: There are so many things going on in this movie with the cops, mob bosses, drug dealers, Ed Harris, Liam Nesson mid life crisis and may god these so many things happening and it feels a bit crushed together at time for how many things they wanted to show.

    But overall I had a good time watching Run All Night and I was surprise how it didn't turn into the cliche Liam Nesson action movie that's trying way to hard to be Taken. The movie actually had character ark, a good story to it and a solid cast and actors that pulled off a great performance in this surprisingly good movie.
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  5. Mar 20, 2015
    7
    Another Liam Neeson kill-lots-of-people action movie. I give it about a 7.5 for top-notch acting with lots of great actors and a good storyAnother Liam Neeson kill-lots-of-people action movie. I give it about a 7.5 for top-notch acting with lots of great actors and a good story line. The ending is okay. However, it's a little dark for my tastes, though less so than Walk Among The Tombstones thankfully. I'm a "good guys must always win" type and don't like seeing good guys die indiscriminately, even if lots of bad guys die too unless it means something. If you like Neeson movies in general, than you will likely enjoy this one. If darkness doesn't bother you, than you will probably like it a lot. Expand
  6. Jul 16, 2015
    6
    Liam Neeson is back in Taken mode with this stylish thriller. Certainly better than the last two Taken films, and for its first half a cutLiam Neeson is back in Taken mode with this stylish thriller. Certainly better than the last two Taken films, and for its first half a cut about a lot of recent thrillers, but as soon as Common turns up, at about the half way point, it takes a turn for the ridiculous and never recovers. Expand
  7. Mar 24, 2015
    1
    What can I say. This movie suffers from a complete lack of character development or background, poor scripting a honestly laughable direction,What can I say. This movie suffers from a complete lack of character development or background, poor scripting a honestly laughable direction, especially as far as the animated scene transitions are concerned. Liam Neeson plays what is essentially an even more two dimensional version of himself, with no noticeably great acting performances from elsewhere. long story short, this film really shouldn't have made the box office, and it makes me sad that so many far superior others could have taken its place if it wasn't for its starring actor. No, seriously, without Liam's name to this film I can practically guarantee it would have gotten nowhere. Expand

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