The Movie: 6/10
One night of running around, shooting, running some more, crime, revenge, a fire, father-son complications, more running, this sums up Run All Night. I don’t want to undersell this movie, but it barely made an impact on me so I am having a hard time pumping up the enthusiasm. I told my husband, Mr. Ascully.com himself, that I would probably forget all about this flick and after a week I had to ask what the last movie we watched was and he said, “Run All Night. Did you write the review yet?”
Nope. I forgot all about it, as predicted.
It’s not bad, not low quality at all. I just am not a fan of the overused tropes that are all over this story. A struggling alcoholic, Qui Gon Jen, has problems with his son. He needs to redeem himself for terrible things he’s done as a lackey for his “friend” and mob boss Jackson Pollack. Well, it’s not Qui Gon and Pollack, but now you know who’s in it. We have a good cast, reasonable amount of action and some really good fight and chase scenes, but it all falls apart for me somehow. It becomes forgettable at some point and I am not sure I can explain why.
If the characters aren’t compelling for me it is usually the heart of my problem with a movie. I was not that supportive of our leading man, an alcoholic dude, down on his luck, mixing with the wrong crowd, and a family he abandoned a long time ago. Boring. I know, I know, we retell the same human stories over and over, and in other movie this one might catch my attention, but this is flat. Neeson does his thing, stumbles, slurs, and tries to be sympathetic, but comes of pathetic. As for our crime boss, Ed Harris, he’s just too much. Every cliché about being THAT guy come through, no surprises, nothing of interest. Toss in a tragic event that starts these two-headed toward a deadly clash, well, that doesn’t make it more interesting.
I would say, overall, the young men in the movie give it some life, but not enough to help me remember most of the scenes. The revenge/redemption tool doesn’t work for me in this tale, so even though it looks great and has a lot of quality, it doesn’t take my movie watching brain very far.
- Shoot All Night (10 Minutes) – Run all night took 50 nights to shoot and here we see the challenges that presented to the cast and crew.
- Liam Neeson: Action All Night (6 Minutes) – Liam Neeson seems to refer to a lot of the films he stars in as Westerns. This time he calls Run All Night a Mythic Western.
- Deleted Scenes (16 Minutes) – Six deleted scenes entitled Flashback, Price At A Strip Club, Magic Trick, Eddie, Hospital and Shawn Basement.
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus:3 /10
Cover, ugh. I would not have it as a poster. Why? Look at it.
Audio & Video: 8/10
Warner’s 1080P/AVC encode is good but not the best. Obviously the film takes place at night and sometimes Black Crush rears its ugly head. Skintones are natural though despite the blackness and colors and detail are impressive. I saw no signs of macro blocking or banding which often mire fast paced action films.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track is both aggressive and subtle. Dialog is often sent to the surround channels for a weird eerie effect but never loses its intelligibility. LFE is STRONG and will wake the neighbours in some of the films shoot out moments. Sonically Run All Night is a winner.
Overall Score 6/10