'Run All Night' Is Entertaining Action B

March 13, 2015 3:29 PM

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While Cinderella steps in with glass slippers to take over the box office this weekend (read my full review of that film over here), audiences looking for something quite different in the form of good ol’ fashioned action-driven cinema need look no further than Liam Neeson‘s latest gun-in-hand crime thriller Run All Night. The picture also stars Ed Harris as Neeson’s childhood friend and soon-to-be enemy, and Joel Kinnaman (recently cast as Rick Flagg in the upcoming super-villain team-up movie Suicide Squad) as Neeson’s estranged son. Half of director Jaume Collet-Serra’s film career has been directing Liam Neeson action movies — three in the last five years (Unknown, Non-Stop, and now Run All Night). It’s a winning formula, so it’s no surprise they’ve paired again, and once more they’ve kept the budget at a reasonable mid-range level ensuring this will be another financially successful entry in the “Liam Neeson coming out of retirement to kill people” tradition.

Since 2008, Neeson has made multiple movies with a general theme of him as a tough, middle-aged expert at kicking butts — Taken, Taken 2, Taken 3, The Grey, A Walk Among Tombstones, and the aforementioned films Unknown and Non-Stop. Missing people and/or saving endangered family or friends usually i...

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