Run All Night is a dark film, and I don't just mean plotwise. The film is murky and artfully underlit, distorting the action scenes sometimes to the point of abstraction. After awhile it became visual white noise; two or more characters would converge, the screen would get all choppy and blurry while I could hear the unmistakable sounds of fists hitting chests and skulls hitting walls, and then someone would run away, and I would assume they had just won the fight.
Taken from a longer review over on my blog site:
Those fistfights and gunfights carry a very satisfying weight to them, as they are delivered by a crew who knows intimately how to photograph bodies in motion, and who understands the importance of utilizing the space within a frame. The action in John Wick features a lot of long takes, and some unobtrusive editing, that gives everything a believable physicality even when the action reaches ridiculous proportions. Chad Stahelski tends to roam around the scene with his camera, defining the…
My initial burst of excitement at seeing the Trimark logo at the beginning of this film was extended when the next thing to come on screen was a sex scene with plenty of gratuitous toplessness. For a good portion of this film I was just enjoying the feeling of coasting through the type of horror film that crowded the shelves of Video City during the years I was first getting into horror films. It's a horror movie that doesn't skimp…
A highly entertaining look at the Australian exploitation cinema of the 70s and 80s, with equal time given to sexploitation, action flicks, and gory horror pics. The documentary does a great job of capturing the joyous sense of anarchy that comes from a group of young punks breaking the rules. Extra points for treating even the sleazy hucksters only in it for the cash as groundbreaking pioneers in their own right. A few points off for how it glosses over…