Liam Neeson is back to his gun-slinging best as Jimmy Conlon in Run All Night.

This cat-and-mouse chase film has you gripped right from the start when the very talented Joel Kinnaman (Mike Conlon) runs unexpectedly into trouble and ends up with a bounty on his head for witnessing a cold blooded murder. Jimmy Conlon’s son is about to delve head first into a criminal underworld which he has worked so hard to avoid – and his estranged dad is coming along for the ride whether he likes it or not!

On the whole, the plot is believable and fast paced with lots of twists and turns, but I do feel like the director (Jaume Collet-Serra) may have chickened out slightly when he chose not to make more of the final fight scene between Jimmy and his best mate turned enemy Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris). I was really hoping for a proper old school punch up between the two, but instead the chase sequence in the train yard is quick and lacking suspense, with Neeson taking the upper hand by pulling the fatal trigger that kills Harris. But there is no glory moment for Neeson and it seems an easy kill…

Run All Night is a white knuckle crime adventure which keeps you on the edge of your seat. What happens when two hitmen are pitted against eachother? Fireworks, that’s what! **** (4 out of 5 stars)

The hired hitman doesn’t let up for the entire film and his thirst for the kill is terrifying, especially when Mike’s young family get caught in the middle. But the contract killer is no match for Neeson who makes his mark towards the end of the film with an adrenaline-fuelled fight scene deep in the woods.

Run All Night definitely delivered where Taken 3 failed. Welcome back Liam!

Further reading:

Sometimes good things don’t come in threes – better give Taken 3 a miss then

Run All Night

Run All Night – Review

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