Run All Night (Blu-ray) (2015)

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Released 29-Jul-2015

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Thriller/Action Featurette-Behind The Scenes-Shoot All Night
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-Liam Neeson: Action All Night
Deleted Scenes
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2015
Running Time 114:21 (Case: 120)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Jaume Collet-Serra
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Liam Neeson
Ed Harris
Joel Kinnaman
Boyd Holbrook
Bruce McGill
Genesis Rodriguez
Vincent DíOnofrio
Nick Nolte
Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI $29.95 Music Junkie XL


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Unknown English DTS HD Master Audio 7.1
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
German DTS HD Master Audio 7.1
Italian Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.40:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 2.40:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Dutch
Danish
Finnish
Icelandic
Norwegian
Swedish
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

††† Liam Neesonís third collaboration with director Jaume Collet-Serra, Run All Night is precisely the type of redemptive blockbuster that Neeson needed after the horrendous misfire of Taken 3. Although Neeson and Collet-Serraís previous films, Unknown and Non-Stop, did possess action elements, Run All Night is a full-blown action movie which feels like a proper, unofficial Taken sequel. Anchored by strong performances right down the line, competent technical specs, and an array of bruising action sequences, this is a solid little genre movie which makes terrific use of Neesonís trademark gruff screen persona.

† † A former assassin for feared New York mob boss Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris), Jimmy Conlon (Neeson) has fallen on hard times, becoming a sad-sack alcoholic with minimal money to his name. During a moment of drug-fuelled aggression, Shawnís son Danny (Boyd Holbrook) murders a couple of Albanian drug dealers, and Jimmyís estranged son Mike (Joel Kinnaman) bears witness to the killings. Mike soon becomes a target to avoid loose ends, but Jimmy kills Danny to protect his son, which enrages Shawn. Despite their long history, Shawn decides that Jimmy and Mike must be killed to avenge his son. As Shawn begins recruiting his goons to hunt down the pair and dismantle their lives, Jimmy urges Mike to leave New York City with him, compelling the young man to trust his despicable father for just one night. Meanwhile, Shawn calls upon a professional hit-man (Common) to ensure that the pair are dead by morning.

† † One of the big issues with Run All Night unfortunately rears its ugly head from the outset, with an unnecessary flash-forward which detracts a certain degree of suspense from the proceedings, as we are immediately shown that Jimmy and Mike have escaped NYC. Such a narrative device is usually used as a hook, but it simply comes across as needless in this case. Furthermore, the actions of Commonís assassin character are often illogical; heís supposed to be doing clean, neat work, but he has no qualms with killing any number of policemen or innocent bystanders. Silliness can be forgiven in action movies, but Collet-Serra insists on a solemn, gritty tone throughout - Run All Night would have probably worked better if pitched at a more fun tone akin to the first Taken, or if the screenplay was tidied up to be more sophisticated. Itís not a deal-breaker, but it does detract from the movie to some degree.

† † Rather than a sanitary PG-13 effort like Taken 3 or Non-Stop, Run All Night is an R-rated action film, and itís a creative decision which elevates the enterprise. This is a thoroughly adult effort, with a tone and demeanour that simply would not fly in a PG-13, not to mention thereís visceral impact to the gunshot wounds which makes the action scenes more satisfying. Collet-Serra is a competent visual craftsman, thus Run All Night benefits from his directorial touch, imbuing the picture with authority and gravitas. Junkie XLís score is often a tad generic but itís nevertheless effective, amplifying the intensity of the movieís various set-pieces.

† † The picture also benefits from a proficient selection of performers, who actually make some of the quieter character moments as compelling as the action scenes. Neeson and Harris are both seasoned professionals who can do this type of stuff in their sleep, and the movieís best scenes stem from their interactions, most notably a Heat-esque meet in a diner that really should have been longer. Run All Night is a competent showcase for Neesonís newfound action hero cool, and Harris is likewise solid, showing yet again that heís one of the best in the business. Their gravitas is a huge benefit to the movie. In the supporting cast, Kinnaman - who was woefully ineffective in the bomb that was 2014ís RoboCop remake - submits a solid performance, with a father/son dynamic that feels real enough. Meanwhile, Vincent DíOnofrio and Common do their respective jobs well enough, while Nick Nolte also shows up out of nowhere for a one-scene cameo. Reportedly, Nolte was supposed to have a more sizeable role, but wound up being almost cut out of the finished film. What a shame.

† † Run All Nightís reception was lukewarm, to say the least, and it certainly underperformed at the box office. Unfortunately, this probably came as a result of Taken 3; the two-month gap wasnít enough time for people to recover from that limp franchise trilogy-capper. Judged on its own merits, Run All Night is a robust little gem which deserves more attention. And itís a definite improvement over the forgettable Unknown and the stale Non-Stop. Itís worth a rental at the very least, especially for action fans.

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Transfer Quality

Video

††† As its title suggests, Run All Night takes place mostly at night, and, thankfully, Roadshowís 1080p, AVC-encoded transfer handles the visual dimness extremely well. Run All Night looks spectacular in Blu-ray high definition.

† † Detail is exceptional from start to finish, with a fine layer of filmic grain covering the image. Close-ups are razor-sharp and bursting with detail, and colour remains strong throughout.

† † Black levels are true and rich, which is great for a film of this nature. At times there is some slight crush, but itís not overly distracting, and this is probably due to the inherent limitations of Blu-ray and 1080p televisions. Itís doubtful Run All Night will look any better unless itís released on the forthcoming 4K Blu-ray format.

† † There are a number of subtitle options. I sampled the English subtitles, which are smartly-formatted and easy to read.
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Audio

†† Rather than just a standard 5.1 audio track, Run All Night gets an enormously robust, lossless DTS-HD MA 7.1 surround track which faithfully and bombastically recreates the cinema experience. I viewed the movie at the cinema during its theatrical run, and I was highly satisfied with this track.

† † Gunshots are loud, and when bullets zip around, the track makes smart use of the surround channels to create real dimensionality. Dialogue is crisp and easy to comprehend, while Junkie XLís score sounds wonderful. All of the shootouts and car chases are genuinely immersive, and thatís all you can really ask for in an action movie.

† † Smaller moments fare just as well, and thereís terrific ambience which really places you in the heart of New York City. This is an impressive track with no flaws or complaints to speak of.

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Extras

††† A small selection of extras is present.

Menu

††† A static main menu of limited interest.

Shoot All Night (10:26)

† † Essentially an EPK-style Ďmaking ofí featurette, this is a fascinating overview of the production, briefing touching on the script, the actors, the stunts, the challenges of filming in New York City, the rigors of doing almost fifty days of night shoots, and other things.

Liam Neeson: Action All Night (6:09)

† † Another brief behind-the-scenes featurette, this one focusing on Liam Neeson. The cast and crew all discuss the actor and their love for him, while Neeson talks about how much he enjoyed the experience, and how much he likes working with Jaume Collet-Serra.

Deleted Scenes (16:20)

† † Six scenes are present here, which were either truncated or removed for the final cut of the movie. Some interesting stuff here, though I wish there was more of Nick Nolte. If the rumours are true, thereís still a lot of Nolte stuff that remains unseen.

R4 vs R1

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† † The American disc appears to be identical.

Summary

††† An underrated action movie which deserves a second life on home video. The presentation on this disc is excellent, with first-rate video and audio, though it comes up light in terms of extras. Still, fans will want to pick up this disc.

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© Callum Knox (I studied biology)
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
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AmplificationLG BH7520TW
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