Run All Night

Featured In Issue 198, July/August 2015

WSR Score4.5
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In Run All Night, 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. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes Shoot All Night (HD 10:26) and Liam Neeson: Action All Night (HD 06:09), six deleted scenes (HD 16;20), upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture exhibits a gritty, rough quality as part of the stylization. Mostly photographed at night, with lighting highlights providing generally good contrast and realism in the dense city streets of New York City. Blacks are deep and solid, and shadow delineation is realistically revealing. The color palette is densely saturated, with fleshtones at times appearing unnaturally hued. Resolution is generally good, especially during close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture, while backgrounds appear soft. This is a harsh-looking picture that fits the storytelling, with an image quality that heightens the intense action sequences. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding with, at times, intense energy boosts and effectively powerful deep .1 LFE support. Atmospherics and sound effects are effectively rendered and at times extend aggressively and directionally to the surround hemisphere. The orchestral music score nicely enhances the action scenes with a wide and deep soundstage that aggressively extends to the surrounds. The music is characterized by deep bass tones that provide weight to the tense action scenes. Dialogue is consistently clear and intelligible with good spatial integration. This is a great holosonic® soundtrack and builds and builds with a powerfully dynamic presence and deep bass emphasis. (Gary Reber)