BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: Run All Night Reviews
By Dr. Know on March 13th, 2015
Mostly thanks to its stars, it is a perfectly acceptable, if unnecessary, addition to the angry middle-aged guy action-movie genre.
Run All Night isn’t dull. The pace is breakneck, and necks get broken. But the violence is relentless, ugly, unredeemed by any real humanity.
Collet-Serra (Non-Stop and Unknown), lavishes the story with whooshing aerial cameras and shadowy rat-warren interiors.
The movie is the cinematic equivalent of junk food. It satisfies the craving for the sensation of nihilism, without its substance.
Directed, frantically, by Jaume Collet-Serra, written by Brad Ingelsby, “Run All Night” promises a sprint punctuated by a lot of gunfire, and bleeding, and bodies. Mission accomplished.
The film works best as a straight character drama as opposed to the elaborate action thriller that it arguably doesn’t want to be.
Well directed with nonstop action highlighted by tension-enhancing music, exceptional cinematography, and good dialogue. This is a chase film that should have the entire audience shaking in its boots throughout.
… Changes the formula enough to be Neeson’s best actioner since “Taken.”
The film may not be a critical favorite, but it will be an audience favorite. Run All Night is the first must-see action film of the year.