Former hit man Jimmy must save his son from his mob boss
best friend Shawn after Jimmy kills Shawn's son in self-defense.
Run All Night (2015)
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
Written by Brad Ingelsby
Starring Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman, Common,
Boyd Holbrook, Vincent D'Onofrio, Genesis Rodriguez
It's still weird to me that Liam Neeson was reclassified as an action star, even if his action films have been more hit than miss. Weirder still, he's always playing an estranged husband or father with a haunting past. Such is the case yet again with Run All Night, an action thriller that fell through the cracks in 2015, mostly because of its generic and predictable plot. Still, it brings some high caliber actors to the forefront, all of whom give decent performances in an otherwise by-the-numbers action movie. I'm not gonna lie. I enjoyed it. Maybe not as much as Taken or The Grey, but I did enjoy it.
Liam Neeson plays former hitman Jimmy Conlon, who gets pulled back into the game after his son Mike (Joel Kinnaman) witnesses a mob execution and becomes the target of unstable drug dealer Danny Maguire (Boyd Holbrook). But when Jimmy kills Danny to save Mike, both Jimmy and Mike are targeted by crime boss Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris), Danny's father and Jimmy's best friend. It's a very similar plot to Road to Perdition, even down to the blatantly identical third act. However, there's a certain gravitas that Liam Neeson can bring to films that usually wouldn't catch anyone's attention. He's done that for Run All Night, making it an engaging thriller with characters you actually empathize with.
Run All Night keeps your interest and features some great performances from actors who are always reliable for good work. It's not the most original crime thriller but it's a decent watch from beginning to end and doesn't shy away from violence. Hell, give it a shot. You might like it.