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Film / Run All Night

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Run All Night is a 2015 action film starring Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman, Common, and Ed Harris. The movie is about a former hitman named Jimmy Conlon who ends up acquiring the wrath of his old boss and closest friend Shawn Maguire after he was forced to kill Shawn's son Danny in self-defense when he was about to kill Mike, Jimmy's son. Now, the two must spend the night on the run in New York City and Jimmy has to protect his son at all costs.

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  • Alas, Poor Villain: Jimmy cradles Shawn after killing him and they both wait until Shawn passes away.
  • An Ass-Kicking Christmas: The movie takes place on Christmas night.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The two Albanian gangsters at the beginning of the movie speak Serbian, because the actor playing Victor Grezda, Radivoje Bukvić, is Serbian. Also,Radivoje played an Albanian in another Liam Neeson movie, Taken.
  • Battle Amongst the Flames: In the housing projects confrontation, one apartment catches fire due to the owner leaving bacon cooking on the stove and forgetting to turn it off when the police arrive and begin clearing out apartments. Part of Jimmy and Price's physical fight takes place in the room as the flames engulf it.
  • Being Evil Sucks: Jimmy was able to avoid prison for his crimes, but he's eaten up with guilt and is estranged from his family.
    Jimmy: Just because I'm not behind bars doesn't mean I'm not paying for what I did.
    • Shaun also regrets his past decisions, such as the first time he allowed cocaine to enter the streets. He mentions that he has alienated people and ruined lives thanks to this.
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  • Big Bad: Shawn Maguire, a mob boss with a large list of crimes.
  • Big Bad Friend: Shawn to Jimmy as they worked together for years until the incident that occurs in the movie.
  • The Big Rotten Apple: The primary setting of the movie.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Jimmy dies, but Mike survives and forgives his father for everything.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How the Albanian gang leader and Price die.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Averted. Both Jimmy and Price are seen reloading their weapons often throughout the film.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: As soon as Mike and Jimmy are alone in a car, Mike wastes no time in scolding his father for his past crimes and walking away free.
  • Clear My Name: In addition to being on the run from Shawn and his men, Mike must also be cleared of his crimes.
  • Co-Dragons: Frank and Price to Shaun.
  • Concealment Equals Cover: Averted. Jimmy manages to shoot Pat through a wall to subdue him.
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  • Cop Killer: Jimmy kills the corrupt cops that try to kill Mike, which means they're now wanted by the cops for questioning. Price kills about a half-dozen cops while trying to go after Jimmy and Mike at the housing projects.
  • Cradling Your Kill: Jimmy does this to Shawn after shooting Shawn to death.
  • The Dead Have Names: Jimmy can still remember all the people he's killed during his days as a hitman. In fact, he has all the names written down on a piece of paper, which he plans to hand over to the cops when he dies.
  • Dies Wide Open: Jimmy.
  • Dirty Cop: Two of these cops kidnap Mike after Jimmy saves him from Danny.
  • Dragon Their Feet: After killing Shawn, Andrew Price shows up and kills Jimmy at the end, but not before Jimmy kills Price via Boom, Headshot!.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Price is much more threatening and menacing than Frank and Shawn, and also ends up killing Jimmy at the end.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Shaun refuses to enter into a deal to move the Albanians' drugs through his docks because back in the 1980s, when the cocaine epidemic was at an all-time high, he had too many of his associates get hooked on the drug and become liabilities he had to kill.
  • The Hero Dies: Jimmy bleeds to death after taking too many shots.
  • In Medias Res: The movie opens with a fatally wounded Jimmy struggling to reach his rifle and him explaining how he ended up in that situation, via Posthumous Narration.
  • Inspector Javert: Detective Harding believes that Michael killed the Albanians after Shaun's gang moves the bodies into his limousine. His pursuit for Michal and Jimmy is genuine.
  • Papa Wolf: The plot is driven by Jimmy trying to protect his son and Shawn trying to avenge his.
  • Post-Climax Confrontation: The shootout in the woods between Jimmy and Price.
  • Psycho for Hire: Andrew Price is a professional assassin who is hired by Shawn to kill Jimmy and Mike.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Jimmy's choice of weapon.
  • Scary Black Man: Price.
  • Shoot the Dog: Jimmy shooting a fleeing Shawn near the end.
  • Society Marches On: Discussed in-universe when the Albanians' rep meets with Shawn, and Shawn points out that he's had to adapt with societal changes.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Shawn stabs Danny's best friend no less than ten times in the abdomen for failing to save him.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Jimmy talks Michael down from trying to kill anybody while they're on the run, insisting that he doesn't want Michael to be as bad as him.
  • Whole Plot Reference: To Road to Perdition. In both movies, a longtime, trusted hitman (Jimmy Conlon; Michael Sullivan Sr.) is put at odds with their boss (Shawn Maguire; John Rooney) when their sons make things personal (Danny Maguire; Connor Rooney) and target their own children (Mike Conlon; Peter and Michael Sullivan Jr.). As a result, a master assassin (Andrew Price; Harlan Maguire) is dispatched to get rid of them. Both films also conclude at a family cabin and the protagonist hitman dies.
    • Both films even have a son named Michael and a villain named Maguire.


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