Liam Neeson once again proves that you just don’t f*ck with him and/or his family.
In Jaume Collet-Serra’s latest action packed flick “Run All Night”, hit man Jimmy Conlon (played by Liam Neeson) and mob head Shawn Maguire (played by Ed Harris) play a pair of good friends that have had each others’ backs for decades. Having worked with Maguire for most his life, the duo routinely recite their loyalty oath, “Wherever we’re going, when we cross that line, we’re crossing it together” as a reminder of their friendship with one another.
Unfortunately, things take a turn for the worst when Mike Conlon (played by Joel Kinnaman) a limousine driver and also Jimmy’s son, picks up 2 Albanian drug dealers and drops them off at the home of Danny Maguire (played Boyd Holbrook).
There, Mike accidentally witnesses Danny execute the Albanian drug dealers and makes an escape as he’s spotted by Danny. As Mike makes his way home, his father Jimmy receives a call from Danny’s father Shawn and is informed about the whole situation.
Jimmy shows up at Mike’s place and tries to offer help to his estranged son but is kicked out by him. It is then, that Danny appears in Mike’s house to murder him but Jimmy intervenes, kills Danny in order to protect Mike and makes a call to his best friend, Shawn to inform him of what has happened.
Jimmy killing Danny immediately shatters their seemingly unbreakable bond as revenge hungry Shawn decides that his best friend’s son has to pay with his life.
Jimmy and Shawn meet up at a restaurant that they frequently visit as Mike gets his family out of town. At the restaurant, Shawn informs Jimmy that he’s sending his men to kill Mike before killing Jimmy.
Things unfold from there as Jimmy and Mike are on a run, not just from Shawn’s men but also from dirty cops and a hired professional hit man Price (played by Common) that will stop at nothing until he takes them out. The movies goes on to show the father and son duo facing what feels like the longest night of their lives as they run to stay alive.
Yes, the plot feels very much like Taken 1, 2, and 3 but “Run All Night” delivers something a little different as the movie manages to capture the audiences’ empathy for both Jimmy and Shawn.
From having to go head to head to clean up after the mistake of Shawn’s son, to Neeson taking Shawn out, “Run All Night” delivers a high-blood count thriller that will keep you at the edge of your seat.
To sum it up, “Run All Night” is a satisfying crime-thriller but it’s not satisfying enough for a second or third watch.
“Run All Night” opens in cinemas on 12th March (Thursday) so be sure to watch the trailer below before you catch it on the big screen.