When it comes down to marketing a film, particularly one with its roots firmly in the action genre, few phrases are recycled as many times as the good ol’ adage stating that “there’s a storm coming.” It’s one that has become trite through repetition, but when your movie has Liam Nesson and Ed Harris square off against one another, then perhaps we can turn a blind eye.
That’s precisely the set-up for Jaume Collett-Sera’s Run All Night, a no-holds-barred B-movie that will have Nesson play the part of Jimmy Conlon, a former hit man whose days of killing are long behind him. That streak soon comes to an end, though, when former friend and mob boss Shawn Maguire (Harris) returns to the fore when his estranged son stumbles in front of Nesson’s proverbial crosshairs. And so, our typically grizzled protagonist must choose between one life and the next.
Though it wears its genre conventions proudly on its sleeve, Run All Night does harbour some promise. For one, it marks Nesson’s third collobaration with director Jaume Collett-Sera following work on Unknown and airborne thriller Non-Stop; plus, with a potential fight between Nesson and Harris on the cards, the film could carve out an audience to call its own when it release in a couple months time.
Run All Night is slated for release on April 17.
Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson), once known as The Gravedigger, has seen better days. Longtime best friend of mob boss Shawn Maguire (Harris), Jimmy, now 55, is haunted by the sins of his past—as well as a dogged police detective (D’Onofrio) who’s been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years. Lately, it seems Jimmy’s only solace can be found at the bottom of a whiskey glass.
But when Jimmy’s estranged son, Mike (Kinnaman), becomes a target, Jimmy must make a choice between the crime family he chose and the real family he abandoned long ago. With Mike on the run, Jimmy’s only penance for his past mistakes may be to keep his son from the same fate Jimmy is certain he’ll face himself…at the wrong end of a gun. Now, with nowhere safe to turn, Jimmy just has one night to figure out exactly where his loyalties lie and to see if he can finally make things right.