We Own the Night

We Own the Night

James Gray (2007)

112min
15 Certificate
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The title of James Gray's murky thriller was a motto used by the New York police in the 1980s. In this film's ambiguous moral world, though, it's uncertain who the night really belongs to. Bobby Green (Joaquin Phoenix) is the manager of a Brooklyn nightclub owned by a Russian family with criminal connections. His bosses are unaware that Bobby's father (Robert Duvall) and brother (Mark Wahlberg) are cops leading the operation against a drug dealer operating out of the club. But it's not long before Bobby is forced to abandon his neutral stance and become a reluctant informant - a decision that also rebounds on his girlfriend Amada (Eva Mendes). Phoenix in particular excels, teasing out the muted tragedy of a man who's forced to choose sides. While Gray's touch is sometimes clumsy, he pulls off at least one coup: a car chase in a rain storm, the action viewed between the swish of windscreen wiper blades. Like the director's earlier work, The Yards and Little Odessa, this ambitious thriller largely avoids the expected clichés and concentrates instead on the price of familial loyalties.

Summary

The manager of a New York nightclub is caught between two worlds - while his brother and father are both highly respected police officers, most of his clientele are gangsters. Despite his best efforts not to get involved, he is forced to choose sides when gang violence escalates and his sibling is targeted by a hitman. Drama, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg and Robert Duvall.

Cast & Crew

Robert Green Joaquin Phoenix
Capt Joseph Grusinsky Mark Wahlberg
Deputy Chief Albert Grusinsky Robert Duvall
Amada Juarez Eva Mendes
Vadim Nezhinski Alex Veadov
Freddie Dominic Colon
Jumbo Falsetti Danny Hoch
Pavel Lubyarsky Oleg Taktarov
Director James Gray
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 14 Dec 2007
Drama