Must See: Run All Night

Thanks to Justin Chang at Variety for this early review of Run All Night, Liam Neeson’s new bad-ass thriller which has been on my radar for some time:

Someday the mobsters, petty thugs and crooked cops of the world will finally get it through their thick skulls that you should never, ever mess with Liam Neeson’s family — not that audiences have reason to complain in the meantime, so long as they keep getting action pictures as straightforward and robustly satisfying as “Run All Night.” In his third and arguably most effective partnership with director Jaume Collet-Serra (after “Unknown” and “Non-Stop”), the 62-year-old Neeson puts his world-weary killer instincts to good use as an aging Brooklyn hit man trying to protect his estranged son — a twist that pushes this tense, elegantly assembled chase thriller into full-on male-weepie territory, so heavy with sins-of-the-fathers anguish that it almost plays out like a latter-day “Road to Perdition.” Yet Collet-Serra keeps things moving so nimbly that the emotions never turn leaden, suggesting that this Warner Bros. programmer could display some much-needed commercial stamina in a season of box office disappointments.

Read the full review here.

Chang’s appreciation for the film, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and starring Neeson, Joel Kinnaman and Ed Harris, lines up with my hopeful expectations that are usually unrealistically high; especially for a genre that sacrifices its character development and story line for a good chase scene.  Still, I love the cast, especially Kinnaman of The Killing, and Neeson does family shoot-em-ups better than anyone.

So far my only concern is writer Brad Ingelsby who penned Into the Furnace, another eagerly anticipated film that majorly disappointed, but Chang seems to enjoy the script and the film despite its faults, which is always a good sign.

Fingers crossed it lives up to the hype.

: Early rating 7.8 IMDb

True Crime Dramas Available on Netflix

Thanks to Lauren Duca at the Huffington Post for providing us with countless hours of true crime dramas available on Netflix.

In her article, 10 True Crime Documentaries You Need to Watch on Netflix, Duca lists important and acclaimed documentaries that have investigated or contemplated crime.  The ones I have seen on the list are encouraging and my expectations are high for those I haven’t.

My only complaint about the article, and this is directed toward any entertainment journalist looking to entice readers, is the constant comparisons to Serial; as though Serial was the first unsolved criminal case ever to publicly tap into voyeuristic tendencies.  The list is compelling enough on its own.

However, it’s a small complaint considering that without such comparisons I might not have been introduced to The Jinx which I am now clamouring to find; and not because I was a fan of Serial (though I was) but because Crime Dramas (fictitious or otherwise) make up some of my favourite storytelling.

Here’s a quick look at some highlights from Duca’s list, including The Jinx:

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015)

IMDb: 8.3

 The Imposter (2012)

IMDb: 7.5

The Central Park Five (2012)

IMDb: 7.7

Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

IMDb: 8.6