The Movie Show Movie Reviews: Liam Neeson in Run All Night, Suite Française and Kajaki
The Independent screenwriter Paul Whitington joins entertainment editor Aoife Kelly in the studio to review this week’s big releases – Run All Night, Suite Francaise and Kajaki.
iam Neeson is back with his eighth consecutive action movie with Run All Night, a fast-paced thriller in which he plays hitman Jimmy Conlon who has spent his life following the orders of the Irish American gangster and his friend, Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris).
However, when Maguire’s disowned son Danny shoots two Albanian drug traffickers and Jimmy’s estranged son Mike is a witness, Danny lashes out at Mike. Jimmy intervenes and kills Danny and runs away from Maguire with a reluctant and bitter Mike. A difficult truce develops as they struggle to survive the night together and protect Mike’s family.
Neeson has more emotions to express in this than some of his previous action releases, but it’s the action that is most effective with excellent chase sequences (one in a subway is particularly exciting).
It has an excellent cast including Joel Kinnaman (best known for his role in the US version of The Killing) as well as Harris and Neeson, who elevate him slightly above his fairly predictable premise. Perfect popcorn fare.
La Suite Française, meanwhile, is a romantic World War II drama starring Michele Williams as a young French Jewish woman who falls in love with a Nazi officer in occupied France.
It is based on the best-selling unfinished novel by Irene Nemirovsky, who planned for the story to span five books, but was captured and sent to Auschwitz before she could complete the manuscripts. They were then found and published by his family.
However, despite the fascinating and tragic story behind the novel, Paul feels that the big screen adaptation plays out like a TV soap opera and sees Michele Williams return to his somewhat dripping Dawson’s Creek acting era.
Kajaki is a war film of a very different genre, the story of a small unit of soldiers positioned on a ridge overlooking the Kajaki roadblock, a three-man team tasked with deactivating a Taliban roadblock.
When one of the patrol members detonates a land mine and blows his leg off, it triggers a desperate rescue mission. It’s a heart-wrenching and difficult watch, but the most compelling of three outings this week, according to Paul.
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