Run All Night (2015)

logoDirector: Jaume Collet-Serra

Writer: Brad Ingelsby (Screenplay)

Starring: Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman, Boyd Holbrook, Bruce McGill, Genesis Rodriguez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Lois Smith, Common

Plot: Mobster and hit man Jimmy Conlon has one night to figure out where his loyalties lie: with his estranged son, Mike, whose life is in danger, or his longtime best friend, mob boss Shawn Maguire, who wants Mike to pay for the death of his own son.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Non-Stop Action

Story: Run All Night starts Jimmy Conlon (Neeson) letting us know he was a bad man, he did bad things, but now he is just a drunk trying to keep everything together having to turn to his old bosses son Danny (Holbrook) for money. Mike Conlon (Kinnaman) is a boxer who is trying to teach a young student how to use his skills as well as trying to balance his own family life with his wife Gabriela (Rodriguez) and his kids. Shawn Maguire (Harris) runs the town but his son Danny wants to build his own legacy with a deal that goes bad. We see that Shawn and Jimmy have a relationship filled with respect from the years working together.

Jimmy is known for his body count that he has built up working for Shawn where Detective Harding (D’Onofrio) has spent his career trying to catch him. Mike works as a limo driver but his latest client just so happens to be involved with dealing with Danny’s deal. When Mike witnesses the Danny murder his client he ends up having to run for his life putting Jimmy & Shawn’s relationship when Jimmy kills Danny when he tries to kill Mike, what follows is Shawn calling in all his favours to get revenge and Jimmy and Mike having to run all night to survive.

Run All Night is easily one of the best action films this year, it keep the story very simple and does follow the same story ideas Road to Predation. The idea that the hit-man has to go up against his boss to look after his own son who witnesses a murder, getting a lone other hit-man to go after them, the comparisons continue too. I think the film taking time to build the characters in the first 20-30 minutes helps because it lets all the action do the talking in the final 3 thirds of the film. When you look at certain other films that Neeson has been making in the action genre this works out to be one of his best. (8/10)

Actor Review

Liam Neeson: Jimmy Conlon is the washed up former hit-man for the mob, he is distant from his son Mike but still has the respect of his former employer Shawn. When he hears about his son being involved with his former bosses son he ends up killing the young man Danny defending his own son leading to all strings being severed and him having to defend his son for one night against everything Shawn has to throw at him. Liam gives us one f his best action performances too date. (8/10)jimmy

Ed Harris: Shawn Maguire is the mod boss who runs the city, he is dealing with his son Danny’s problems when his last remaining friend becomes his enemy after killing Danny. Ed makes for a good villain every time but this time I do feel he gives us a generic mob boss character. (7/10)friendship

Joel Kinnaman: Mike Conlon is the son of Jimmy who has pushed him out his life to start his own clean life with his own family where he makes a clean living away from the criminal world. He life gets turned upside down when he witnesses Danny kill one of his clients leading to him having to run all night with his estranged father being the only one that can keep him alive. Joel continues to try and make a name for himself and he does a good job in this role. (7/10)mike

Boyd Holbrook: Danny Maguire is the son of mob boss Shawn, he keeps trying to prove himself to his father which leads to him getting involved with the wrong people. He ends up getting killed leading to the catalyst of all the events. Boyd does a good job in this role playing the hot headed young man well. (7/10)danny

Vincent D’Onofrio: Detective Harding is the one man who has been chasing down Jimmy his whole life but when the events of this night happen he becomes the only person Jimmy can trust. Vincent does a good job in the support role that seems to be one of the only other good characters in the film. (7/10)harding

Support Cast: Run All Night has a supporting cast that includes the henchman that Jimmy leaves laying as well as Common as the hit-man.

Director Review: Jaume Collet-SerraJaume does a good job giving us a great mix of action and early character development. (8/10)

Action: Run All Night has car chases, foot races (Yes Neeson Does Run), hand to hand fights and gun battles giving us everything you need in an action film. (9/10)

Crime: Run All Night puts us in the criminal underworld with one innocent family stuck in the middle. (8/10)

Thriller: Run All Night keeps you on the edge of your seat as soon as the action starts. (8/10)

Settings: Run All Night keeps all the action in locations that don’t have stand out locations making it all about the action rather than settings. (5/10)

Suggestion: Run All Night is one for all the action fans to action fans to sit and enjoy. (Action Fans Enjoy)

Best Part: Jimmy and Shawn sit down to talk, very tense scene.

Worst Part: Too similar to Road to Predation.

Action Scene Of The Film: Car Chase.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Road to Predation

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $50 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes

Tagline: One night to settle the score.

Overall: Easily one of the best action films of the year

Rating Scorecard scorecard


Opinion Battles Round 11 Worst Sequel

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Worst Sequel

We have always looked at the best, but now lets look at one subject people always talk about quality of sequels and just how bad some really are. I have picked this subject and I expect to see many different interpenetration of what makes a sequel bad.

Rob and myself are running a Stephen King blogathon through October so I think it would only b right for us to have our own Opinion Battle on Stephen King works, if you want to join in email by 4th October 2015 with your picks.

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Saw 6saw 6

I personally am picking a film that shattered what was created by the previous film, I am not saying this is the worst film ever I just feel this film doesn’t do the previous instalments the credit they deserve. I am a fan of the idea behind the Saw movies but this one ends up tearing up the rule book Jigsaw has created. I just don’t get how they can have a game where an insurance man can pick or choice which members of his team can live or not, the whole point of this franchise was to make YOU want to live. In fairness a lot of the Saw films could have been picked but this is easily the worst in my opinion and that is the name of the game.

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

Cars 2 (2011)car 2

Some of you out there who know me know that I am a huge fan of animation and for the most part, I enjoy it a lot. I can find the reasons to love it.  I was late to the whole Cars fad for Pixar.  While Cars is not my favorite Pixar movie, it is a ton of fun.  The premise is original and the visuals are nice.  The characters and the voice work is also done really well.  Except, I went to see Cars 2 in the theatres.  Maybe its the fact that I had to pay to see it, my expectations were higher but man, Cars 2 is a snoozefest.  Its boring and uneventful and just plain sad to see how low the original concept sunk down to. Maybe its not the worst sequel out there but it deserved a much better sequel and we know Pixar has it in them since they did a great run with the Toy Story franchise, right? Still, maybe the fact that its so disappointing makes this one of the worst sequels I’ve seen. Frustratingly, boring…I think its because of that, I don’t watch Cars anymore. The thought of Cars 2 just makes me a little angry. 

Movie Rob

Indiana Jones and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)indina

What a way to destroy a series.  The first three movies were amazingly done by Spielberg and Lucas and all of them are now considered as part of the echelon of movie trilogies.  For some strange reason, they chose to revisit the character of Indiana Jones nearly 20 years later and gave us a lackluster story that doesn’t even come close to being as great as the previous ones.

The jokes and puns are stale, the villains are silly and they take the story to places where Indiana Jones should never be anywhere near.

The addition of Mutt (befitting character name for Shia LaBeouf) and return of Karen Allen also didn’t work as well for the geriatric Indy.

Sometimes, things should be stopped when they are ahead, but that definitely wasn’t done in this case.

PITY!!!! L


Ocean’s Twelve
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It’s no secret that I absolutely love Ocean’s Eleven.  It is one of my favorite movies of all time and I lost count years ago how many times I have seen it.  I was excited when I finally was able to watch Ocean’s Twelve.  What’s not to be excited about when getting to see Danny, Rusty, and the whole crew together again, this time in Europe, a location ripe with heist possibilities?  Apparently there isn’t a lot to be excited about.  The idea to set the film in Europe was a good idea, but it wasn’t used to its fullest potential.  And the twist ending just leaves you confused.  Ocean’s Twelve tried to do too much, a whole wheels within wheels thing, and it falls over itself trying to be too clever.  Ocean’s Eleven deserved a much better follow up than this.

Flicks Chicks

Evan Almighty (2007)evan

This has been a difficult choice this week as it’s rare that I watch bad movies. My precious spare time is much better spent with movies recommended to me for their greatness. There are those times however, that a movie you expected to be great is just a complete disaster, which was the case with Evan Almighty.

Bruce Almighty is one of my all time favourites, and I loved Steve Carell’s character, so when he got a movie of his own I thought it would be a winner. Sadly, the story was just plain stupid and nearly every joke fell flat for me. I actually had to check IMDB to remind me of the plot, I think my brain banished all memories of this movie for me on my behalf.

Khalid – The Blazing Reel

Batman & Robin (1997)

What can I say about Batman & Robin that hasn’t already been said before? I mean bashing Batman & Robin has become such a common thing that people seem to do it just for the heck of it. I’ll start by saying that it’s one of the greatest atrocities to fall on god’s green earth. It’s a stain on the legacy of the Caped Crusader and it’s simply one of the worst movies ever made.

That Other Critic

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines


As far as sequels go, there’s a lot of schlock out there. Unfortunately, as of yet, I haven’t seen a lot of it, so I have to go based off what I personally know. And what I know is that Terminator 3 absolutely sucks. As a movie on its own, it’s a subpar sci-fi/action film with some incredibly uncomfortable and, most of the time, unfunny humor, but, as a follow-up to T2, one of the greatest sci-fi/action films of all time, it’s complete and utter garbage.

T2 is a masterpiece of 90’s filmmaking, a perfect film, for what it is. It’s groundbreaking in its use of special effects, some of which hold up remarkably well to this day. But T3’s special effects look like complete and utter garbage.

The action in T3 is passable, at best. The stakes aren’t tangible, and there’s very little tension, as Arnold’s T-800 (or T-850, or whatever) has been overpowered to a ridiculous level. He now has super strength on a level that he never displayed in the previous movie. And the villain, the T-X, is just horrendous. She’s a definite downgrade from the T-1000, as what she can do is limited by her metal endoskeleton. Also, I think that her character can be summed up in this gif:

Yeah, that happened.

The writing is crap, the jokes fall flat, the entire set-up is cheap, and renders all the work that Sarah and John Connor did in T2 pointless! Speaking of which, they just kill off Sarah Connor, one of the most badass characters in movie history, off-screen!

Nothing in the film is very memorable, and the ending is based on the logic of, “Well, we’ve gotta keep making these movies forever, and we can’t keep pushing back Judgement Day, so let’s just have it happen! What could go wrong?” Terminator Salvation could go wrong, movie executives. Terminator Salvation could go wrong.


Crank: High Voltage (2009)

crank 2

I just remember this film was really stupid with outrageous scenes that were made from cartoon and plasticine and shit. It didn’t work. I do actually like the original Crank movie which is oddly fun but this sequel took all the craziness, multiplied it by a trillion and made an annoying, awful film that I turned off before the end. And I hardly ever do that. So whilst there are loads of terrible sequels this still stands out in my mind as a really, really bad movie.

James – Back to the Viewer

Jurassic Park III


A picture says a thousand words:jurrasic

S.G. Liput – Rhyme & Reason

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)superman


Superman IV: The Quest for Peace is not only one of the worst sequels but one of the lamest, cheesiest films ever made. I love the first two Superman films, which certainly have their corny moments but still can be taken somewhat seriously (thanks to elements like John Williams’ iconic score and Marlon Brando’s overrated cameo), but this…this isn’t worth the film it was printed on. Batman and Robin was obviously meant to be campy, but the fact that all the principal cast members returned for this indicated the filmmakers wanted it to be halfway worthwhile. Even Christopher Reeve and Gene Hackman are here, but they all exhibit the worst mentality for good actors, just going through the motions for a paycheck. The plot is nonsensical (a giant net to collect the world’s nuclear weapons?!), the fights between Superman and his ridiculous clone Nuclear Man are atrocious (radioactive nails?!), and the special effects are as laughable and lazy as they come (capes flapping in space? Why’d they even bother to hide the wires or the blue screen?) This is the kind of movie that gave superhero films a bad name. Superman IV was the dying gasp of the original franchise; it doesn’t get much worse than this.