In Liam Neeson’s seventh post-“Taken” film as the solo hero, he finds himself doing what his fictional alter egos do best. He shoots guns, engages in close-quarters combat, outwits pursuers, and makes the best threats this side of Darth Vader.
The only thing particularly surprising about it is how well it hits the expected notes.
Neeson plays Jimmy, an alcoholic mob hitman living off Shawn (Ed Harris), his employer and best friend. Through coincidence, Jimmy’s son Mike (Joel Kinnaman) witnesses…
“Run All Night” is exactly what you’d expect, and if you’re attending, that’s probably a good thing. In Liam Neeson’s seventh post-“Taken” film as the star attraction action hero, he finds himself doing what his fictional alter egos do best, which is shooting guns, close-quarters combat, outwitting pursuers, and issuing dire proclamations about dire circumstances. The only thing particularly surprising about it is how well it hits the expected notes.
Here, Neeson plays Jimmy, an alcoholic mob hitman living off…
Myopic fanboys largely just complained that this didn't have enough profanity, but as an exciting look at another bad day for Willis' John McClane, this does the trick. Wiseman's competent handling of action scenes is bolstered by Willis' enthusiastic performance, while the pacing makes it feel leaner than it actually is. Serious foul with the fighter jet/semi-truck battle, though, a scene so stupid and unnecessary that it nearly wrecks the climax.
Kurt Russell always sat on the periphery of the A-list, a charming lead, convincing macho man, and fine actor, a household name yet never the sort of star who put asses in the seats by his name alone. This movie features perhaps his defining performance as Snake Plissken, a gunfighter whose ruthlessness is weighted by a conscience, a dry joker who cares for the decent people who cross his path and yet is content to watch the whole world come crashing down. People are worth saving, humanity isn't, every good anti-hero knows. Expect this role at the top of Russell's obituary, and with good reason.