Take a Drink: every time Jimmy doesn’t pay for his cab fare.
Take a Drink: every time Jimmy tells Mike not to shoot.
Do a Shot: when Neeson is a dressed up Santa who swears.
Do a Shot: for a Nick Nolte spotting
By: Mitch Hansch (Three Beers) –
In Run all Night, Liam Neeson plays longtime hitman Jimmy Conlon, nicknamed ‘The Gravedigger’, who works for longtime friend and now Irish mob boss Shawn Maguire, played skillfully played by the tremendous Ed Harris. Jimmy’s a boozy mess who’s haunted by the sins of Cliched Sad Irish Character Past. When Jimmy’s better offspring son Mike, played by Joel Kinnaman (who will be getting much more recognition as Red Flagg in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad) witnesses Maquire’s son Danny (Boyd Holbrook) killing a very cliched track-suited Albanian, Danny takes aim at Mike, but Jimmy kills him first. This sets up the titled Run All Night plot as Shawn tries to avenge his fallen son by sending out all of his goons to first kill Jimmy and then Mike.
The success of Run All Night hinges on its casting. Neeson is in his usual fine form, but it’s Harris who raises the bar of this film to actually entertaining. The two play off each other well and give us a long and loved relationship behind and deepening the story. Neeson and Harris tapping into this “old friends who instantly understand why they’re enemies” dynamic is fun to watch play out. There’s even a would-be Heat restaurant scene as Neeson and Harris sit across a table from each other, explaining how everything is now changed and how everything is going to play out next that plays very well.
You come for the action, but sadly it’s all too light. Neeson went on record recently, saying he has only two years left in the ‘special skills’ tank’ and it shows. With Taken 3 and here in Run All Night the camera gets closer and shakier but darn if he isn’t trying his best.
Beer Three Warning: This beer contains a high volume A/C % of sarcasm to start off with.
It’s unbelievable how Unknown and Non-Stop, director Jaume Collet-Serra and his usual leading man Liam Neeson have revolutionized the action thriller by doing something way, way, out of their comfort zone… Prepare for your mind to be blown (no, not literally), but in Run All Night Liam Neeson plays a flawed aging anti-hero who when confronted with lethal outside forces that bring life threatening dangers to his close loved ones decides to take it upon himself to save the day with only his wits, his gun, and his seriously above average butt kicking skills.
I bet you didn’t see that coming in a Liam Neeson action film.
As per the previous beer paragraph, no, I bet you, your mom, and your mom’s weird single friend who only watches Nick at Night knows that that’s how every Liam Neeson movie pans out. No matter, because seriously though, I kind of liked this film. Don’t go to Red Lobster looking for a killer hamburger. Well, don’t go to Red Lobster anyways, but the point is you know what Run All Night is- it’s a juicy Five Guys burger, and while it could certainly have more toppings to make it better, this isn’t the burnt hockey puck with trace amounts of feces particles burger that Taken 3 was.