Geek Lab Review
A strong cast manages to hold a very convoluted plot together in this solid chase movie.
In Run All Night, Jimmy Conlon (Liam Neeson) is pulling the ultimate all-nighter. Conlon has to protect the life of his son, Michael (Joel Kinnaman) from longtime friend and mobster, Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris). Why is Maguire trying to kill the Conlons? Because Jimmy killed Maguire’s son, Danny (Boyd Holbrook) after Michael witnessed the murder of two Albanian drug lord’s after a failed deal with Danny.
Release Date: March 13
Writer: Brand Ingelsby
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Cast: Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman, Ed Harris
There are a few other interesting dynamics too. Jimmy abandoned his family over the guilt of being Maguire’s best hit man. Michael can never get a fair deal in life because he’s the son of a hit man. Jimmy and Shawn are like brothers until a brother kills the son of the other. Being a mob assassin, is not the most emotionally stable job, and that’s easier for some assassins over others.
Admittedly, Run All Night boasts an incredibly convoluted plot, but not so much that it pulls you out of the movie. There are a lot of characters in the movie that are needed to support the movie’s plot and stunt heavy action. What makes Run All Night a good movie is its cast. Neeson as Jimmy is a sympathetic killer, which we root for to survive and come clean with the truth of his past. Kinnaman plays the son of the killer well. He’s strong enough and smart enough to protect himself, but in over his head when his family is placed in harm’s way. Jimmy has to keep Michael clean from killing another person so that Michael never has to go down the path as his father.
Ed Harris plays a good head of the mob, but this has been done many times. Then there’s Vincent D’Onofrio as Detective Harding. His strong acting gives dimension to the overused, lone good cop on the force.
Run All Night is a good movie, but its far from great. The story isn’t the most original, and it is saved only by an amazing cast and good stunt work. Unfortunately for Run All Night, a better version of this movie came out in the form of John Wick starring Keanu Reeves.