Run All Night is a pleasant surprise.
Having made above average movies like Orphan, Unknown and Non-Stop, Jaume Collet-Serra comes with yet another flick that gets down straight to business – kicking ass, taking names and shooting bullets. Run All Night, despite its forgettable title, manages to stick to its name. You witness events that occur in a single night. Packed in with exceptional performances by the cast, this movie literally breathes on its constantly moving storyline.
Run all night comes with a surprisingly good story taken on the vanguard by great actors like Liam Neeson and Ed Harris. The direction of the movie could have gone better, since there were a lot of useless filler frames that Jaume used to connect scenes. Some of them were really unrelated. Also the frames in the movie skipped so fast that it sometimes became hard to follow up. Incessant movement of the cameras made it hard to focus and taking in the gravity of the situation became really daunting.
Joel Kinnaman as Mike too was a big disappointment. All he did in the movie was act tough, and walk around expressionless. Poor casting choice there, I would say. Also, what is with the poster of the movie? So bland and meaningless!
Melodramatic bits of the story aren’t that great and look more animated than real like the conversation between Mike and Jimmy in the car. Screenplay is hence just okay. As we reach the end, things become a bit clichéd and predictable. It took me back to ‘Road to Perdition’ for a while.
There is one great face-off scene between the two protagonists in a restaurant where Jimmy urges Shawn to spare Mike. Shawn is pissed beyond limit to let Mike off easily and resents him with a wrathful threat. It looked pretty badass. Also, Jimmy’s backfiring act when he barges in Shawn’s place looked pretty dope too.
Overall the movie was above average. If it weren’t for shaky cameras and really fast paced storytelling this movie could have slipped into the bag of the greats.
Taken 3 is a big dud.
“l’ll come for you, I’ll find you and we both know what will happen then.”
When the screenplay of the movie gets as cheesy as the aforementioned, we fathom how limited thoughts have been spent writing the final part of this franchise. Taken 3 goes to that unimaginable doom and comes back alive narrowly escaping from being branded the worst trilogy ever. Things that probably saved the movie can be easily counted on fingers: a twist in the plot, Liam Neeson and…..okay so two fingers actually.
The cameras are so dodgy that you could hardly watch those car action seqs that were supposed to be great. It is as if the director didn’t want you to see the crash because…er it’s ugly? There is less violence, no gore basically.
SPOILER LINE: A promising villain, well who promised you badass in the prologue alone, and then disappears for the rest of the movie only to return again in his undies. (Awkward fight alert! :P)
So there is one rad flight scene that can be passed as the most memorable in the entire flick. That and the fact that Dougray Scott gets to end this franchise. Someone offer him more roles! Also while we are at the optimistic column for a second, let us not ignore the fact that the flow of the movie was great. Everything was happening for a reason and the unfurling was actually making sense. Also, Megaton was really concerned about showing things that might have confused laymen. Nothing subtle about his direction though.
Franchises like Taken eagerly wait for a script to be written (why a franchise? Moolah of course) for a possible exploit because of that sole fresh idea in the pack that got applauded in the first place for its originality. Rest is downright hunt for gold.
Now that the franchise is finally over, we can say sequels of Taken are mere dispensable piggybacks that we could have probably lived without. While there are producers and directors wasting resources in order to grab more booty off a triumphant brand, on the other hand, we have great directors like Guillermo Del Toro who make sequels only to genuinely tell the people the rest of the story they conceived in their heads. (Intended wink to Pacific Rim sequels)
A mediocre clichéd tale of false-framing, revenge, a cop who eats bagels off the crime scene, of finding people and you know the rest. I assume you have seen the prequels. 😛