By Autumn McLeod
Liam Neeson is back at it again as he graced the big screen in the action packed movie “Run All Night.” At the age of 62, the agile actor shows no signs of slowing down and can compete with any of the young actors in this generation hands down.
“Run All Night” centers around the premise of what extreme lengths a father will go through to protect his family. Neeson plays an aging hit man named Jimmy Conlon who, in his younger days, succeeded in eliminating any enemies that came across his childhood friend and head mobster in the drug business Shawn Maguire, played by Ed Harris.
Jimmy Conlon ends up becoming an alcoholic and after the death of his wife he becomes estranged from his son Mike Conlon, played by Joel Kinnaman.
Maguire’s son Danny is not as savvy when it comes to being an entrepreneurial drug lord like his father and when he falls short of the promises he makes to a couple of Albanian cocaine dealers, Danny’s life is threatened. In the midst of his drugged state, Danny, played by Boyd Holbrook, kills the Albanian dealers before they have a chance to repay the favor and it is Mike Conlon who witnesses the murder.
Danny goes to great lengths to tie up any loose ends which includes attempting to kill Mike. However, Jimmy kills Danny first which sets off a dangerous and violent feud between the big dogs Shawn and Jimmy. Shawn is intent on killing Jimmy’s son for revenge and although Jimmy is not in a good place with Mike, he does everything in his power to protect his son.
Jaume Collet-Serra did a fantastic job directing “Run All Night” as he touched on the issues of family pain, the dangers of vengeance and forgiveness. This is not his first time working with actor Liam Neeson. He has also directed Neeson’s big hits “Non-Stop” and “Unknown”.
Mike learns that his hatred towards his father has to be set aside if he wants to stay alive as well as protect his own wife and kids. The final battle that ultimately ends Jimmy’s life is the shootout with his son and ruthless assassin Andrew Price who is played by rapper-turned-actor, Common. Andrew Price was hired by Shawn to take out Jimmy and his son and even gives retired hit man Jimmy a huge run for his money.
It is through Jimmy’s sacrifice of his life that he is able to save his son and Mike’s family. Although Mike never accepted his father’s apologies out loud, the movie shows how strong a bond family shares no matter what situation they may go through.
Liam Neeson never disappoints and if action is what you want, action is definitely what you will get in this movie.