R rated

Action, Thriller

Dark, Brutal, Gritty, Violent are all words that describe the film RUN ALL NIGHT. Liam Neeson stars as professional Brooklyn hitman Jimmy Conlon who is more commonly known as “the Gravedigger”. Jimmy is an old drunken mob hit-man, who is best friends with mob boss Sean Maguire played by Ed Harris. But when Jimmy’s estranged son, Michael, is marked for death by the mob, Jimmy is pitted against Sean to protect Michael (Joel Kinnaman). Together, Jimmy and Michael must avoid the cops, a contract killer (Common) and the mob to survive the night.

The script by Brad Ingelsby is very weak. The beginning of the movie drags and I was bored. The action was often confusing. There were several extraneous scenes that didn’t make any sense at all. It seemed as if they were thrown in the movie to make it longer. Too me it was too long as it was.

I don’t mind violence in a movie if it makes a point but I hate gratuitous violence and this movie was full of it. I could hardly wait for Jimmie to die so I could go home and go to bed.

This is the third film that Director, Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson have completed the others were UNKNOWN and NON-STOP. If you liked those movies, you will like RUN ALL NIGHT. If you are expecting another TAKEN, you will be sorely disappointed. This film is barely adequate.

Although this is definitely a young man’s film some of the women I polled as we left the theatre seemed to like it too, although most said they would have like a little less violence and a lot more Liam Neeson.

This film was a waste of fine talent. Ed Harris, Nick Nolte, Bruce McGill (from Rizzoli and Isles) Vincent D’Onifro (from Law and Order: Criminal Intent) and Liam Neeson are better actors than this movie required.

A word of warning: Do NOT take your kids to this movie. It is too brutal for kids. In fact, I recommend you wait and see it at home after the kids go to bed and put your money to better use.

The Telegraph’s contributing movie critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River and is a member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association, who also occasionally writes about film-related topics, studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in L.A. with various directors and industry professionals. She can be reached at