More Neeson action crime. So this is about hitman Jimmy Conlon (Liam Neeson) on a very eventful night. He kills his accomplice/best friend’s son to prevent him from taking out his own estranged son (Joel Kinnaman). Obviously, this does not sit well with the departed’s father (Ed Harris), so how will the night shake out? Coming so close in proximity to the lackluster Taken 3, this appeared to just be another typical Liam Neeson revenge/destruction movie. Really, it’s all he does nowadays, and you know he has to be getting sick of this, given his age. For every good one he makes (The Grey), there are a half dozen mediocre ones (Non-Stop). To this film’s credit, this is a bit more than that, as he is playing a down on his luck P.o.S. character that may have reached his last chance at redemption if he can get over his demons from the past. It’s marginally more interesting than the Taken sequels, but it’s still so generic that it fails to leave an impression.
I really don’t have a whole lot to say about this movie, and it’s because it’s just so much more of the same; I truly feel like I could copy/paste my review of any of his prior movies, and nobody would notice (one day I’m going to execute this experiment, I’m sure of it). The entire last third of his library blurs together at this point, so much so that I honestly can’t remember if I have seen A Walk Among the Tombstones or not (I think I missed it, but I would have to dig through my records to confirm). Other than a few cool camera tricks that utilize some spiffy zoom effects, this is just so remarkably unspectacular that it is impossible to recommend.
This isn’t different enough from every other Liam Neeson action movie to stand on its own. You never care enough about any of the characters because of it, and as a result, you don’t become invested in the story. It’s watchable, and it’s the kind of movie that you might accidentally catch on Showtime in a couple of months, but I promise you, if you take the time, you’re going to forget that you watched it within a couple of weeks.
Run All Night (2015) **1/2
– Critic for Hire