All Night (2015/Warner Bros. Blu-ray w/DVD)
B+/B- Sound: B+/B- Extras: C+ Film: C+
Harris and Liam Neeson go head to head in the typical action/thriller
Run All Night (2015) from Director Jaume Collet-Serra. While
the film features Neeson as a father protecting his child much like
Taken, it's nothing like that trilogy of films. Mobster
and hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson) has one night to figure out where
his loyalties lie: with his estranged son, Mike (played by the new
Joel Kinnaman), whose life is in danger, or his longtime best friend,
mob boss Shawn Maguire (Harris), who wants Mike to pay for the death
of his own son. Released in theaters around March 2015, it didn't
seem like the film really got slammed by critics but received more of
a lukewarm reception.
interesting performances (especially Neeson and Harris) but lousy
scene transitions that feel like someone was really trying to mimic
David Fincher's work. (CGI transitions where scenes pull out to a
wide of the city and then swoop down to a tiny detail within the mass
of the scene, just didn't work for me.) Much of the plot is pretty
predictable, but with a run time of under two hours, the film feels
it's about as long as it needs to be. There are a few scenes that
stand out as exceptional and others that get a little jumbled in the
overall story arc.
here is a cross between his character in Taken
and his character in The Grey,
an alcohol hitman with a particularly good shot (and set of skills)
but is a raging alcoholic smoking at least three packs a day. Ed
Harris continues to amaze as a seedy Mob Boss and expertly acts his
way through the film, one scene in particular that stuck out as
strong is when Neeson calls him on the phone to tell him that he has
murdered his son, Harris slumps down and tells his Wife, who is
getting ready in the bathroom the bad news and loses it. Then again,
there is no bad performance by Ed Harris.
All Night looks great on Blu-ray
disc with a 1080p high definition transfer and a widescreen aspect
ratio of 2.40:1 and a lossless, sharp DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 audio
track. Packaged with a digital copy and a standard definition
anamorphic DVD & lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 sound with matching
content, though lesser quality, is also included in the set.
All Night - a BTS of the film where you see how they shot in New York
during the AM hours.
Neeson All Night - Cast/Crew talk about what it likes to work with
the infamous Liam Neeson in an action film, which has become his
trademark in recent years.
Scenes - about 16 minutes worth of deleted scenes are pretty cool to
watch, but ultimately you can tell why they didn't make the cut.
in all, Run All Night, isn't the best Liam Neeson film of late
or the worst. Seeing him go head to head with Ed Harris definitely
makes it worth a watch once and thanks to Warner Brothers, the
transfer on this Blu-ray disc is nothing to run away from.
James Harland Lockhart V