FRIDAY NIGHT/GREEN JEANS MOVIE REVIEW: Last night while over at my grandma’s I saw the movie “Run All Night” which stars Liam Neeson (Non-Stop, Taken), Ed Harris (A Beautiful Mind, Gravity), Joel Kinnaman (Robocop , The Killing [TV series]), Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl, Milk), Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent [TV series], Full Metal Jacket), Common (Now You See Me, Selma), Genesis Rodriguez (Big Hero 6, Identity Thief), Bruce McGill (Collateral, Lincoln), and Aubrey Joseph. It is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, Non-Stop). The movie is about a professional mob hitman named Jimmy Conlon (Neeson) who was known as The Gravedigger when he used to kill people for a living. Now, he is living a broken life with the thoughts of those he murdered. He has a son, Mike (Kinnaman), who hates him because of what he has done and how absent he has been in his life. His only friend left is a man named Shawn Maguire (Harris), his old boss, who has been with him through thick and thin. Shawn has a son as well named Danny (Holbrook) who is trying to earn his father’s respect by getting him business with people who sell drugs that earn a lot of cash. When Shawn doesn’t want this business because of all the pain it caused him from selling it before, Danny takes matters into his own hands and tries to fix this problem because they are already expecting him to pay. These people are driven by Mike, who’s a limo driver, to Danny’s house only to be shot because Danny doesn’t know what else to do. Mike witnesses this act and Danny finds out. To make sure he doesn’t talk, Danny goes to kill Mike. Before he can, Jimmy comes over to Mike’s house and kills him. When Shawn finds out that Jimmy killed his son, he sends out his men to kill both Jimmy and Mike, and it has to be that night. So Jimmy and Mike then have to survive the night, while trying to make up for their differences with each other.
This movie met the expectations I had for it. I’ve had it on my watch list for a while now, and having seeing it, I wasn’t let down. This movie was good. It has an interesting plot which will keep you on edge and have your adrenaline pumping almost throughout the whole thing. The acting was great with two big names that I both enjoy (Neeson and Harris). Joel Kinnaman did a way better job than he did in “Robocop” (2014), which got him a worst actor award in the Juicy Awards II. What I liked most about this movie was the characters. Even though it’s another Liam Neeson action movie, he didn’t play a character that he usually would be type-cast as. He was actually a broken guy who had a lot of regrets in his life and was exactly the opposite of what I thought he would be. I also like the setting of this film. Brooklyn was a great setting for this movie and it provided for great wide shots of the city as well as great fights. There were also great special effects in these fighting scenes. There were a few cons I found about this movie. The first would be how fast-paced the cinematography can get. It fits the tone of the movie most of the time, but sometimes camera angles cut so fast that it is hard to wrap your mind around what is going on. The second con would be the character Andrew Price (Common). He is an assassin that is hired by Shawn to kill Jimmy and you would think that he would be very skilled and awesome. Well…he’s goofy. Not in the sense of his characteristics, it’s just he is a lousy and sloppy assassin. He makes a bunch of mistakes and doesn’t seem to watch what he is doing. It would get me angry watching this character because he just doesn’t do his job the way he is supposed to! The last con would be the ending. I will say that the final scenes are good and I did like those, but when I mean ending, I mean more of as a whole. You get towards the ending and there is definitely a twist of events. I thought the ending would be much different in some aspects than what was put in the movie. The things that happened that I didn’t expect weren’t the best decisions. Not really decisions, but more like decision (singular). I don’t want to spoil anything in this review, so I won’t say what it is. You will know if you watch it. Overall, this is a solid movie and I had fun watching it. I recommend anyone to try out this movie! FINAL SCORE: 84%= Juicy Popcorn
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