A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Themes include both revenge and finally accepting the consequences for your actions. A son tries to make up for his father's wrongs by being a good dad to his own kids and a mentor to others.
Positive Role Models
Mike is a good guy trying to go straight and doing the best he can for his family. He's shown being a good father, avoiding the mafia, and mentoring a fatherless boy at a local gym. But the main character has spent his life doing wrong, killing people, and even killing people who trust him. He suffers and gets drunk but finally has the chance to face the consequences for his actions -- and he steps up. He also refuses to let his son follow the same path. Other characters are bent on violent revenge.
Violence & Scariness
Very high body count; many characters are shot and killed, with gore/blood splatters. Lots of fighting, punching, pounding, bashing, stabbing. A character's face is burned in a fire. Cops threaten a man with guns. Fire, explosions, car chases, and car crashes. A violent boxing match in gym.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Innuendoes aren't frequent but are very strong.
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Extremely strong, frequent language includes "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "bulls--t," "t-ts," "a--hole," "ass," and "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation).
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Products & Purchases
Applebee's and Google Maps are mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A main character is shown drunk and passed out in a bar. He's also drunk while playing Santa (upsetting some children). The main character smokes cigarettes regularly. A minor character snorts cocaine. A packet of heroin is shown. Minor characters are drug dealers. A reference (in a song) to smoking pot. Some scenes of social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Run All Night is a revenge-driven action thriller starring Liam Neeson. The main character struggles with his past as a hit man and tries to find redemption, and his son tries not to follow in his father's footsteps by being a good father to his own children. But there's a high body count and tons of violence, with shooting, fighting, stabbing, bloody wounds, and blood spatters. There are also fires (a character's face is burned), explosions, car chases, and car crashes. Extremely strong, frequent language includes "f--k," "s--t," and much more; there's also some very strong (albeit occasional) innuendo. Minor characters are drug dealers and are seen snorting cocaine. A packet of heroin is also shown, and pot is referenced. The main character is often shown drunk, but he stops drinking while on the run. Messages of actions and consequences play into the story, which could provide some discussion for older teens. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Director Jaume Collet-Serra, who's made two other Liam Neeson movies -- Unknown (2011) and Non-Stop (2014) -- isn't exactly subtle, and his movies can't quite be called tightly crafted or clever. He's not a master of action scenes, and the chases and shootouts in RUN ALL NIGHT are fairly choppy and without a good sense of space. But what he does have is the knowledge of just how to use Neeson in an action thriller.
Collet-Serra understands the appeal of older, stoic Irish actor -- and what he brings to the screen that a chiseled twentysomething does not. Collet-Serra creates the movie's finest moments in the humanity of the character interactions, creating a space where all of the primary players grew up together in the same New York neighborhood and are prone to talking or joking before trying to kill one another. The scenes with Neeson and Harris especially resonate with the weight of an unspoken bond that goes back long before the story started.
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