In the rail yards of Queens, contractors repair and rebuild the city's subway cars. These contracts are lucrative, so graft and corruption are rife. When Leo Handler gets out of prison, he ... See full summary »
1921. An innocent immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island.
Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe has followed his father Bert into New York's Finest; he's a rising star. Bobby, who uses his mother's maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. Then, Joe raids Bobby's club to arrest the Russian. From there, things spiral out of control: the Russian puts out a hit on Joe, personal losses mount, and Bobby's loyalties face the test. Written by
For the car chase, James Grey watched every car chase scene he could, from the silents to the present, in order to come up with new ideas. Grey concluded that one thing that had never been done in a car chase was consistent perspective, and that inspired him to film the chase from the vantage point of a single driver. See more »
During the chase scene in the rain, the father said they were going to take his son and girlfriend to Corona. They were at the Cue Hotel, which more than likely is actually the Kew Motor Inn, which is on Union Turnpike, just west of Main St. Traveling from Kew Gardens, Queens to Corona there is no street scene like the one depicted in this chase scene. At the time the father is shot and then crashes, you can make out a street sign which says E 134st and Willow Ave. There is no E 134 st in Queens, it;s in the Bronx. Even looking at the area, this happened along Bruckner Blvd in the South Bronx. Also, the small bridge that was crossed, there is no such small bridge in that area of Queens, but there is in the South Bronx crossing from Bruckner Blvd over to Port Morris in the Bronx. There are a lot of these small bridges in the South Bronx, especially crossing over to Hunt Point area from Bruckner Blvd. There is no need to travel through the Bronx to go from Kew Gardens to Corona because the two are so close to each other. If they did, they'd have to get on the Van Wyck Expressway, over the White Stone Bridge, South on the Bruckner Expressway, over the Triboro Bridge, along the B.Q.E. to the L.I.E. and off the highway either at Junction Blvd or 108th St. Without traffic, such a trip would take at well over an hour but Corona and Kew Gardens are less than 10 minutes from each other. See more »
"We Own the night" is the story of Bobby Green (Joaquin Phoenix), a nightclub manager who has chosen a life of partying, drugs and gambling which is in stark contrast to his police captain brother (Mark Wahlberg) and police chief father (Robert Duvall). As the film progresses, Bobby is forced to choose between staying loyal to his drug dealing Boss or siding with his family.
The greatest problem with this film is that its been done so many times before and with much better results. "Mean Streets" (1973), "The Departed" (2006) to name but a few. Director James Gray is obviously trying to do a Scorsese type feature here but it falls far short of expectations.
Joaquin Phoenix mumbles his way through the story with a one note performance and shows that he isn't capable of being a credible lead. The change his character goes through is implausible and Phoenix never gives you any reason to believe the metamorphosis as he doesn't act any differently through the whole process. The Script gives Robert Duvall (one of my favourite actors) little to do other than get angry at someone or something whenever he's on screen and Mark Wahlberg underplays his part so much that he's actually boring. The stunning Eva Mendes doesn't seem to do anything significant other than get groped in the opening scene by Phoenix. After that she seems to be there to provide the "eye candy" only.
The script is fairly weak and the plot does not justify the running time, 30 minutes less could easily have been achieved. There are also many situations that the characters get themselves into which no sensible adult would allow themselves to. This really stretches credibility and suspension of disbelief. Also, you'll particularly enjoy how inept the Hit-men are in this film ! The final showdown itself feels contrived and unexciting which caps off an uneven and somewhat thrown together production. I don't understand the rapturous applause that other reviewers have given this film, its been done so much better elsewhere.
"We own the night" is a misfire in my opinion.
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