There’s nothing about Run All Night that you haven’t seen before in a dozen other Liam Neeson movies, though this one’s assured execution makes it an entertaining watch at least.
While Neeson could (and often does) play the role of bitter badass in his sleep, his costars give him reason to wake up. He and Kinnaman work well as father and son, and seeing them square off against Ed Harris’ mob boss at the midpoint is an unexpected delight.
The action’s nice and brutal, but is often spoiled by gimmicks – not to mention a third act that borders on nonsensical.
After two misfires in Unknown and Non-Stop, third time’s the charm for director Jaume Collet-Serra. Run All Night is a fine, if flawed, addition to the ever-growing catalogue of “Neesploitation” films.
CAST: Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman, Ed Harris, Common, Genesis Rodriguez
DIRECTOR: Jaume Collet-Serra
WRITER: Brad Ingelsby
SYNOPSIS: Mobster and hitman Jimmy Conlon (Neeson) has one night to figure out where his loyalties lie: with his estranged son Mike (Kinnaman), whose life is in danger, or his longtime best friend, mob boss Shawn Maguire (Harris), who wants Mike to pay for the death of his own son.