The Return of the Original Paragraph.
Run All Night, 2015, Jaume Collet-Serra (The Orphan) -- download
The Drop, 2014, Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead) -- Netflix
Seven Psychopaths, 2012, Martin McDonagh (In Bruges) -- Netflix
Red Eye, 2005, Wes Craven (Swamp Thing) -- Netflix
Jimmy Conlon worked for Shawn Maguire, head of a waning Irish mob in NYC. Jimmy's son is Joel Kinnamen, still looking for a great role since The Killing, but always putting in quality work. Mike (Kinnamen) hates Jimmy but a plot intervention, that could have been the elevator pitch for John Wick, has Mike witnessing Shawn's son in a drug deal gone wrong and being forced to kill the son. Now Shawn wants Mike dead and Jimmy has to protect him.
The best bits are between Shawn (Ed Harris) and Jimmy, two old gangsters who genuinely care for each other but cannot doff the responsibilities they have. Shawn's son was an idiot but Shawn has to avenge him. Jimmy has no real connection to his son, but has to protect him. So, Jimmy and Mike run all night chased by gangsters and dirty cops and a weirdly placed Common as a quiet hitman, who seems to be making a guest appearance in this movie.
Hardy plays Bob not just as mild mannered, but somewhere along the spectrum. So meek, he puts up with shit from everyone and is laughed at for it. But from scene one, we know there is something behind those eyes that are always glancing left or at the ground, mumbling his responses. He won't get involved in cousin Marv's (James Gandolphini) scheme to rob his own bar and he is extremely hesitant to take care of an abused pit bull puppy he finds in the trash. But everyone else's machinations force Bob to come into his own.
This is a well crafted crime thriller on the slow side of things. But intentionally and, remember, Hardy was able to pull off a movie that was solely contained in a car -- he can do slow, and do it well. And I really liked seeing him play off Noomi Rapace, much more than I did in Dead Man Down. But oddly, the characters are interchangeable. Not sure who decided she will ever play the abused woman hiding from society. Next to Bob, Noomi's Nadia is ebullient. And Bob likes the puppy, so he gets my smile.
Its funny, well scripted and has a ton of solid B-movie people like Tom Waits, Woody Harrelson and Christopher Walken. But like the other, I doubt I will remember it much beyond the writing of this segment.
But still, the movie barely rates one paragraph. And how did 2005 get so... dated looking? Seriously, I was starting to get offended by the 1990s looking like the ancient past, but now only 10 years ago looks like my childhood? Urgh. Getting old can mess with your perception, especially as you get older. No, that is not pithy. In 2005, 1995 just looked like it was around the bend. But in 2015, the year 2005 looks positively ancient. I believe its more a product of my mind aging.
See what I did there?