We Own The Night

We Own The Night

We Own The Night

The Yards writer-director James Gray reunites with Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg for this cop thriller. Bobby (Phoenix) has turned his back on the family's line of work: policing. The manager of El Caribe, a legendary Russian-owned nightclub in Brooklyn's Brighton Beach, he has changed his last name and concealed his connection the NYPD in order to operate amongst criminals.  

But it's 1988, and New York's drug trade is escalating. Bobby tries to keep a distance from the Russian gangsters operating out of the nightclub and who are being tar targeted by his brother, Joseph (Wahlberg) and father. This film takes its title from the motto of the 1980s-era NYPD street crimes unit.

2008117 minsUSAEnglish/Russian
Drama

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Flicks, Andreas Heinemann

Flicks, Andreas Heinemann

Bobby (Joaquin Phoenix) is a successful, hedonistic club owner in 80’s Brooklyn, a position that allows him intimate contact with the drug peddling Russian underworld. This stands in stark contrast to his brother Joseph (Mark Wahlberg) and father (Robert Duvall) who are high profile members of the New York City Police department’s war on drugs. His priorities soon change when a bust at his club leads to a botched hit on Joseph, instigating his own personal crusade for redemption and family unity.

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Variety

Variety

Adequately acted and flecked with the required quota of action to satisfy genre fans, pic recalls numerous good police dramas of the 1970s, but mostly in superficial ways that bring nothing new to the table...

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Defiantly, refreshingly unhip...

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

This is an atmospheric, intense film, well acted, and when it's working it has a real urgency...

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

It's a bare-knuckled crime drama set in 1988 that stylistically could have been made that year and emphasizes Gray's strengths as a director while drawing attention to his limitations as a writer...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A more accomplished film than "Yards." Yet it will fail to satisfy police movie buffs, as procedures are de-emphasized, and the drama is too perfunctory and obvious...

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Film Threat

Film Threat

Falls into the category of the contrived and forgettable cop drama...

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