‘Run All Night’ Trailer: Perpetual Action Hero Liam Neeson Takes on the Mob
Here’s the thing: Liam Neeson is basically starring in the same movies over and over. He’s a living action figure, where you just change his accessories and he can go from air marshall to former CIA agent to hitman, like the one he plays in the first trailer for ‘Run All Night.’ The basic Liam Neeson action figure comes with a leather jacket and a gun, but you can give him different badges, a cell phone, or upgrade his weapons and boom, it’s a whole new story. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but we should all acknowledge it. Go ahead. Try saying it out loud. Feels great.
Neeson reunites with his ‘Unknown’ and ‘Non-Stop’ director Jaume Collet-Serra for ‘Run All Night,’ in which he plays aging hitman Jimmy Conlon (aka the Gravedigger), who runs afoul of his longtime best friend/mob boss Shawn Maguire when he interferes with the hit his old pal put out on Jimmy’s son, Mike. According to the trailer, Jimmy kills Shawn’s son, so Shawn points his entire mob in Jimmy’s direction. But we’ve all seen Liam Neeson movies, so we all know he’s going to use his very particular set of action hero skills to wipe out the entire mob.
The film pits Neeson against Ed Harris, who plays the role of the mob boss, and the two of them do a lot of intense staring and growling at each other in the above trailer. ‘Run All Night’ also stars Joel Kinnaman as Neeson’s son and Vincent D’Onofrio as a persistent detective. Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
‘Run All Night’ hits theaters on February 6.