"Run All Night" gets right to the point. There are no long, drawn out explanations and no frustrating, meaningless background information. We know this story. This is a father-son story about the dad, who was never there, who finally shows up to help his son - in a big way. The son realizes that maybe his old man wasn't half bad.
OK, maybe the kid's a bit dense. It only took a few murders, crooked cops, an assassin, threats on his kids, explosions, and car chases - all through a hail of bullets - to convince him.
Liam Neeson action fans: You know who you are. If you loved Taken - all four ... five of them - and you find that Neeson's regal endurance through explosions, hand to hand combat, and car wrecks is entertaining - then "Run" is actually an improvement in his action repertoire. Fluid cinematography, a well-paced plot, and sharp dialogue keep you fully attentive.
Gratefully, there are no CGI crashes and collisions. Just good old fashioned car wrecks and actors who are actually leaping and dangling from buildings and fences.
A veteran cast gives the movie legitimacy and includes Ed Harris, Common, Bruce McGill, Vincent D'Onofrio and Nick Nolte. There are no surprises for you and this film could easily earn a 2.5 out of 4.
For those who require an intricate plot that weaves complex stories of revenge around crime families, "Run" will not fuel your need for philosophical discussions on the morality of the human soul.
The plot is fully predictable. You know the ending within the first 20 minutes and Joel Kinnaman gives a dull performance as the resentful son. The film triggers pleas for the Liam Neeson, who gave us Qui-Gon Jinn in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace," Ra's Al Ghul in "Batman Begins" or Oskar Schindler in "Schindler's List."
If you miss Academy Award Nominee Liam Neeson, then save yourself the agony. For you, this film could scrape by at 1 out of 4 miners.