Friday, March 13, 2015
Liam Neeson's Latest Thriller
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That said, I’ve got no beef with RUN ALL NIGHT. It's not a great film, but it's inoffensive. The pacing is quick, the plot semi-coherent, and the actors amusing. Neeson, in particular, is strong as the requisite drunkard with a checkered past. He commits to this rote role, especially in the early going. Forced to play Santa for a mob Christmas party, he gets hammered in the bathroom and makes a host of lewd remarks. The character feels lived-in in these moments, renewing the viewer's confidence in Neeson's continued attention to craft. This nuance unfortunately goes by the wayside as soon as he inevitably reveals himself as an unstoppable killing machine.
The rest of the cast is peopled with numerous familiar faces, including Ed Harris, Vincent D'onofrio, Common, and a nearly unrecognizable, uncredited Nick Nolte. All--save Common, dull without his trademark goat tee and beatific smile--turn in decent performances in spite of dialogue that teems with cliches. The actors often resort to unique grunting and marble-mouthed mumbling to make the most of their hackneyed material.
Script problems notwithstanding, this is a perfectly serviceable thriller. Under the direction of Jaume Collet-Serra, the action scenes are coherently shot and often involve skillfully choreographed hand-to-hand combat. A few of the chase sequences betray the limitations of the budget—notably in a cross-backyard race over identical CGI fences—but these sequences are mercifully brief. The narrative is strictly paint-by-numbers, but final product is so slickly edited one does not mind the absence of originality.
Revlock LAMB Score :3 out of 5
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