Not since HEAT (Starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino) have I seen two talented leads ooze so much on-screen, face-off charisma like Liam Neeson and Ed Harris do in RUN ALL NIGHT!
Mobster and hit-man Jimmy Conlon (Liam Neeson) has one night to figure out where his loyalties lie: with his estranged son, Mike (Joel Kinnaman), whose life is in danger, or his longtime best friend, mob boss Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris), who wants Mike to pay for the death of his own son.
There arenâ€™t enough words to describe how brutally intense, but awesome this flick is. From start to finish, itâ€™s a cat-and-mouse chase among the meanest, toughest, and roughest displayed by lots of edgy characters whose developments (although brief), were nicely done. Rough, rugged, and raw, RUN ALL NIGHT looks good, sounds good, feels good, and totally sucks you into the darkest of worlds in a game all are aware of, but a handful can actually tolerate and/or survive.
Grade: A / Genre: Gangster, Mystery, Suspense / Rated: R / Run Time: 1 Hr. 55 Min.
Starring: Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman, Common, Genesis Rodriguez
Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra
Granting me access one more time to their titles, the great people at Warner Brothers threw me into the mix this past weekend for the filmâ€™s junket interviews. Open, thorough, and quite entertaining (as they all are), a fine group of us picked their creative side of their brains during this weekendâ€™s roundtable interviews.
â€œFeel great playing the bad guy. Studied killers with no judgment.â€ â€“ Common
Playing the role of Andrew Price, a man of very little words with a menacing demeanor, Commonâ€™s good-guy persona is buried. Coming off as the strong, silent type, Commonâ€™s portrayal of this character tapped into the darkest of places. Not necessarily surprised how well his less-is-more approach flared off on screen well, the award-winning man digs deeper into the role of Andrew Price, as well as surrounding links that lead to great performances! (Interview in its unedited entirety)
â€œSuper cool. Great to get to work with my idolsâ€ â€“ Joel Kinnaman
Hardworking man with a troubled past that re-ignites chaos among him and his family. As somewhat a product of the environment, the balanced role of Michael Conlon is one perhaps many on this planet can relate to. Perhaps not necessarily towards a mob-ridden family, but as a whole in other aspects in which ties to whatever links will draw that instinct to react in a manner that would only pertain to a situation created by his/her surroundings. With challenged control for survival among its right purposes, Kinnaman plays it straight-forward and without any remorse. (Interview in its unedited entirety)
â€œMutual respect for each otherâ€™s work.â€ â€“ Ed Harris
Long-time friend of Jimmy whose life and feelings change in one night after finding out about the death of his son, this rugged man was the ONLY one who cared for Jimmy. The only one who saw more than just the ice-cold killer he once contracted. Years later, a harsh reminder of why dirty drama within the â€œthe gameâ€ never ends spins a wheel of uncontrollable nature. (Interview in its unedited entirety)
â€œWeâ€™d never met. He and I had never met. We have mutual friends. This was the first time he and I had worked.â€ â€“ Liam Neeson
Expressing reality prior to shooting with Ed Harris, Neesonâ€™s talents and good interpretation of the role made it so it portrayed (along with Harrisâ€™ brilliance) a flawless, untouchable chemistry since Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in HEAT! The role of Jimmy Conlon cuts the chase in why at his age he can still open up a can of ass-whipping on anyone. Although similar to many of his other rugged roles, as well as obviously having played a father before, but as a mobster dad, the difference with this character is that itâ€™s not simply about protecting, itâ€™s about earning back that title and/or notoriety. (Interview in its unedited entirety)
â€œIt was important to make the story relatable to everyone, especially Liam and his son.â€ â€“ Juame Collet-Serra
On his third project with Liam Neeson (UKNOWN & NON-STOP), Jaume exposes a lot of what entailed getting RUN ALL NIGHT off the ground. As he digs deep into the roots of the piece, he also verbally ventures out into other territories that serve in the realm of filmmaking, especially as an international director. (Interview in its unedited entirety)
â€œConnection with everything was so real.â€ â€“ Genesis Rodriguez
As Gabriella (Mikeâ€™s wife and mother of their children), the innocence of someone whoâ€™s caught between the love of a husband and the misfortunes of a past/upbringing serves as the fine line between control and chaos. Representing the heartbeat of why things need to be done right by Mike is the string of consciousness that tugs at both Mike and even more desperately, Jimmy to make sure things are done right! Expressing more than just her role, Genesis Rodriguez is clearly a focused revolutionary type when setting out to do her job and maintain more than just a “pretty face.” (Interview in its unedited entirety)