Run All Night [2015] ★★½

RAN_RGB_INTL_2764_4096-691x1024I don’t know about you, but after the horrible “Taken 3”, I was beginning to get Liam Neeson’ed out, at least as an action hero. The loose-cannon vibe that hooked us in the first “Taken”had completely disappeared in the third movie. So here’s the good news: “Run all Night” is far from being a disaster. It’s a tense, well made thriller that doesn’t always make sense. Accept that and you’ll have a mighty good time. Here’s the plot of the movie in the length of two tweets: Liam Neeson plays Jimmy, an ex enforcer for a New York mob boss (Ed Harris). Jimmy’s son witnesses a murder involving Harris’ son Danny. Jimmy saves him by killing Danny. Harris gets mad and wants revenge. People die, badly. I know, it sounds basic to the point of brainless. And it is. But don’t let that discourage you. “Run all Night” is the kind of fired-up, entertaining B-movie fun some of us can’t get enough of. You know who you are. Credit Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra, who worked effectively with Neeson on “Unknown” and “Non Stop“, for keeping us pinned to our seats even when the script goes off the rails. From home invasion to car chases, the stage is set for all hell to break loose. That it does. Logic is not on the menu. Neither is quotable dialogue. But juicy supporting performances from Vincent D’Onofrio, Nick Nolte and Common (who plays an assassin for hire) are enough to get the job done.

Rating: 2.5/4


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