Synopsis: Mobster and hit man Jimmy Conlon has one night to figure out where his loyalties lie: with his estranged son, Mike, whose life is in danger, or his longtime best friend, mob boss Shawn Maguire, who wants Mike to pay for the death of his own son.
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Starring: Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman
Release Date: 19th March 2015
Run All Night follows the same tracks as all Liam Neeson movies: Liam Neeson plays either an Air Marshall, an ex-Spy, an ex-Hit Man, and either his daughter or wife or son is in danger, and only he can save them.
Run All Night favours the Hit-Man element. Neeson plays an ex-Hit Man, named Jimmy Conlon, who kills his close friend and former employer’s son after Neeson’s own son Michael, played by Joel Kinnaman, witnesses a murder and becomes the target of a killing himself.
It is a shame that Neeson continues to play the same reiterations and reincarnations of the same characters in the same movies because he is a genuinely gifted and talented actor, but this film does nothing to show that. It won’t be long until he’s recruited to lead another awful, embarrassing Expendables-type ensemble if he continues to make films like this.
Kinnaman is adequate as the boxer-turned-limosine driver with a wife and loving children, though it feels that a lot of his character and backstory, including his family history with Neeson, was either dropped on the cutting-room floor or forgotten completely to allow more room for long, tiresome action sequences.
Ed Harris plays Neeson’s former employer, mob-boss Shawn Maguire, but not even an actor of his standing can save this movie. Common is so widely featured on every piece of marketing and advertising that you would believe he would play a major role in this film. You’d be wrong though as he doesn’t speak with the exception of perhaps two or three lines and is only on screen for three scenes.
The dramatic pedestrian thriller suffers greatly from a convoluted plot with tiresome characters that we have seen before. It could be enjoyed by your dad or by yourself, should you lower your expectations significantly, but the movie fails to offer anything memorable or lasting. It is hopefully the last film we will see coming out of the “Badass Neeson” genre that we seem to have been sucked in to.