We Own the Night (2007)
A New York nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian mafia hit men. (imdb)
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Directed By: James Gray
Written By: James Gray
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Determined, solid and a little flat. This is in part because the characters are fairly dull, not registering as full-blown people instead of cogs in the storytelling machine. While much of the film's emotional impact hinges on the enduring bond of family, the needed sense of deep attachment between the characters isn't there. So the film works when Gray's craftsmanship can overcome those shortcomings.
Gray is a strong enough director - and Phoenix a strong enough actor - to make this a worthwhile endeavor, even if its fundamental approach (dressing up a genre story with the austere gentility of an arthouse flick) seems wrong-headed. Kinda sucks the fun out of the proceedings. Also, it's a little hilarious watching Phoenix just utterly shame Wahlberg as an actor. Still, I enjoyed it, even if it never gets better than its opening montage segueing into "Heart of Glass."
Gray's craftsmanship shines in all areas but the paltry script. Damn shame, that's one big flaw.
Except for an absolutely amazing car-chase sequence to start the third act, this film is slow, dull, and falls flat on its face in every way.
Poor writing and pace. Character development is hilariously crappy. Phoenix, as he often does, makes the film somewhat bearable. Passes the time, I guess.
Boring. Generic as shit characters that are completely dull and uninteresting, and a plot that is just a poor man's Departed. This film is shit, avoid it.
Had some hopes this would be decent, it wasn't. Starts out ok, but then the cliches just hammer you down.
Bunch of stereotypes thrown together to create a cliché plot with very cliché characters.
Much better on rewatch. It's the story of how two brothers come to terms with being actors... or something. The sound design during the car chase was phenomenal.
|Average Percentile 48.94% from 1399 Ratings|