I WAS getting bored of watching Liam Neeson, 62, in his senior-citizen mode whipping all those
I was not too thrilled after watching Neeson in Taken 3 and A Walk Among The Tombstones, but his third collaboration with Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra, after Unknown and Non-Stop, shows him at his best.
He plays a henchman's thug, Jimmy Conlon, who at the start, is haunted by nightmares of all those he has killed under the orders of his boss Shawn (Ed Harris). He can't forget about his sins, and the rest of the film is about him seeking redemption, while killing a few people on the way.
Oh, he also hasn't seen his son Mike (Joel 'RoboCop' Kinnaman) and the latter's family for five years. The two girls don't even know that they have a grandfather, no thanks to their dad.
Run All Night helps Jimmy excise the ghosts of his past and reunite him with his multiracial family. It also shows the world that the elderly still have virility, strength and the ability to get things done under pressure.
Jimmy's big thing in Run All Night is that once the killing spree starts, he doesn't want his son to kill anyone. Jimmy's all too happy to kill others; he figures that he's already a sinner, so what's one more body.
Mike is the good son, considerate of his wife's feelings and a great dad to his two girls. He's also staunchly Catholic, as seen from the crucifix he wears and the cross that adorns his house.
Jimmy is willing to die to save his family, and in the process, regain his son's affections and wash away his own sins. Notice that the piece of paper that he uses to write down the names of all those he killed has a cross embossed on it.
3 out of 5 stars