The latest “Liam Neeson With a Gun” movie installment, Taken 3, opens in theaters today, so it’s fitting that it comes accompanied by the trailer for the next Neeson action feature, Run All Night. That film represents the third collaboration for Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra (after Unknown and Non-Stop), and appears to be cut from the same cloth as their previous movies together; though, there are a few twists to this one that makes it sound (a little) different.
Run All Night stars Neeson as Jimmy Conlon, a seasoned hitman (once known as “The Gravedigger”) who knows his days are numbered, before his life ends at the wrong end of a gun. However, when Jimmy’s estranged grown-up son Mike (Joel Kinnaman) lands in trouble, Jimmy chooses to turn against his longtime boss, Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris), in order to find some redemption for his past sins… but first, he’ll have to protect his son from a small army of professional killers and crooked cops for the next 24 hours.
You can get a few of the finer plot details for Run All Night from the newly-released trailer (see above), but the general idea seems to be that, after the first act, it’s one long race to the finish line, with Neeson and Kinnaman (star of the 2014 RoboCop reboot) struggling to stay alive. (Your average B-movie narrative, in other words.)
The supporting cast for Run All Night includes Vincent D’Onofrio (who is also costarring in Jurassic World and Netflix’s Daredevil this year) as Detective Harding, a cop who’s been after Jimmy for the past thirty years. Genesis Rodriguez (Identity Thief, Big Hero 6), Boyd Holbrook (who costarred with Neeson in A Walk Among the Tombstones last year), and musician/actor Common (Hell on Wheels) are among the film’s additional cast members.
Run All Night looks and sounds like Collet-Serra’s previous collaborations with Neeson; a B-grade action/thriller that’s more polished than your average entry in the genre, in other words. That’s reflected not just by the cast, but also the script work by Brad Ingelsby (Out of the Furnace) and cinematography by Martin Ruhe (The American) being, respectively, a bit meatier and more stylish than one necessarily expects for this sort of material.
In other words, Run All Night might be a worthwhile additions to the growing pile of “Liam Neeson With a Gun” movies. If it proves to be otherwise, well, Neeson will be taking a break from killing things for the rest of the year, starting with his role in this summer’s Ted 2.
Run All Night opens in U.S. theaters on April 17th, 2015.