Movie Review: RUN ALL NIGHT Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack

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RUN ALL NIGHT was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and stars Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent D’Onofrio, Bruce McGill, Genesis Rodriguez, Boyd Holbrook, Holt McCallany, Common and Ed Harris.

The movie follows former hitman/mobster Jimmy Conlon (Neeson) who was once known as The Gravedigger and is now the laughing stock of his former peers in and around Brooklyn. Now all jimmy does is drink his life away trying to forget his dark past that continues to haunt him after all these years. What happens is, Jimmy’s estranged son, Mike (Kinnaman) ends up being a witness to a murder. He also ends up confronting this murderer that follows him home and he kills him in self defense. Well, the guy Mike kills is the son of mob boss Shawn Maguire (Harris) who also happens to be Jimmy’s longtime best friend.

So, Shawn Maguire ends up putting a bounty out on Jimmy and his son Mike and this puts Jimmy back in his old tough guy killer mode. Jimmy and Shawn do have a short-lived conversation in person but they both realize that things can not be settled peacefully. Jimmy will protect his innocent son at any cost because he wants a better life for his son. To top all of this off, Jimmy also has a police detective (D’Onofrio) who’s been one step behind him for 30 years and he ends up getting involved in this new deadly chapter of Jimmy’s life.

Anyway, As Jimmy and Mike run for their lives, it’s Jimmy who ends up showing that he’s still got his killer instincts and begins to fight back while he tries to keep his son safe. Jimmy also strikes a deal with the police detective in return for a little help. Jimmy meets his old best friend Shawn in one final meeting to the death and after he takes care of business he still has one last hitman to deal with before this nightmare is finally over. This hitman ends up putting his sights on Mike and his family and it’s up to Jimmy to save his son once and for all but it all comes at a price.

Okay, I went into Run All Night thinking it was probably going to be something like Taken 4 but it ended up being a totally different kind of watch and that’s kind of refreshing. Liam Neeson was falling into this certain kind of label but in this movie he took this new character of his in a slightly different direction. The story was really interesting and it’s one of loyalty and revenge as well as redemption and forgiveness. Ed Harris ended up playing this rather likable bad guy and you see how close his character Shawn and Jimmy are but he ends up showing how ruthless and coldblooded he can be once his son is murdered. At the beginning of the movie we quickly see that Joel Kinnaman’s character Mike has distanced himself as far as he could from Liam Neeson’s character Jimmy who was pretty much a bad father. As the movie plays out, this father and son get to know each other more and Mike sees the good in his father and by the end of the movie Jimmy has redeemed himself and given his son the ultimate sacrifice to keep him and his family safe – his own life.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of extras. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the Blu-ray disc were both crisp and clear and really good on the DVD disc.

Bottom line is, Run All Night ended up being a whole lot better than I thought it was going to be. The story was interesting and the movie was fast-paced so there was never really a dull moment. Director Jaume Collet-Serra captured everything he needed to make Run All Night a fun action-thriller with really interesting characters. It’s an emotionally charged watch and character-driven. The only flaw in the movie was getting past Liam Neeson and this label of his because there for a while it almost looked like he was playing the same character in every movie. Run All Night ended up being a fun action-thriller from beginning to end. This Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack releases on June 16th and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 114 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.4:1) All Regions

Blu-ray Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 / English, Spanish, French and Portuguese

Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French and Portuguese

DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation All Regions

DVD Audio: Dolby Digital / English, Spanish and French

DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French

Special Features: The extras include a couple of behind-the-scenes featurettes as well as some deleted scenes from the action-thriller.

  • Shoot All Night – Go behind the scenes with Director Jaume Collet-Serra and his team create a white-knuckle ride through New York’s underbelly.
  • Action All Night – The film’s cast and crew discuss that special something that has made Neeson a staple of grit and vulnerability on the screen.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Digital Copy

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