Reviewed by: Rachelle Smotherman
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|Featuring:||Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall, Eva Mendes, Tony Musante, Edward Conlon, Antoni Corone, Alex Veadov, Katie Condidorio, Burton Perez|
|Director:||James Gray (“The Yards,” “Little Odessa”)|
|Producer:||Marc Butan, Mark Cuban, Anthony Katagas, Joaquin Phoenix, Couper Samuelson, Mike Upton, Todd Wagner, Mark Wahlberg, Nick Wechsler|
“Two brothers on opposite sides of the law. Beyond their differences lies loyalty.”
Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Bobby Green (Joaquin Phoenix) has turned his back on the family business. The popular manager of El Caribe, the legendary Russian-owned nightclub in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach, he has changed his last name and concealed his connection to a long line of distinguished New York cops. For Bobby, every night is a party, as he greets friends and customers or dances with his beautiful Puerto Rican girlfriend, Amada (Eva Mendes), in a haze of cigarette smoke and disco music.
But it’s 1988, and New York City’s drug trade is escalating. Bobby tries to keep a friendly distance from the Russian gangster who is operating out of the nightclub—a gangster who is being targeted by his brother, Joseph (Mark Wahlberg), an up-and-coming NYPD officer, and his father, Burt (Robert Duvall), the legendary deputy chief of police.
Columbia Pictures' and 2929 Productions' ‘We Own the Night,’ an emotional crime thriller about a man who has chosen to hide his past only to discover that he has to confront an inevitable future, takes its title from the motto of the 1980s-era NYPD street crimes unit.”
“We Own The Night”, starring Joaquin Phoenix (“Walk the Line”), Mark Wahlberg (“Shooter”), Robert Duval (“Second Hand Lions”) and Eva Mendes (“Ghost Rider”) is chock full of great acting, many surprises and a gripping storyline. However, it doesn’t come without trash.
Set in New York in the 1980s, “We Own The Night” is the story of Bobby Green (Phoenix) and Burt and Joseph Grusinsky (Duvall and Wahlberg) who are family on opposite sides of the law, with the Grusinskys being police officers and Green being the manager of a popular club that services the Russian Mob.
The storyline may seem typical with the bad son having to choose where his loyalty lies while the good son is adored and respected, but I found more depth in this movie and appreciated the hard emotional decisions that all three characters were faced with. Ultimately, this movie is a perfect example of the prodigal son and a great lesson in forgiveness and redemption.
There’s no question that “We Own The Night” has a great cast, or that it will hold your attention with its suspenseful twists and turns. However, with the opening scene being one of a couple engaged in graphic, heavy foreplay, this movie is littered with too much objectionable content to recommend. Profanity degrades the entire movie and topless women are in the audience’s face. There is also a fair share of violence, but not as much as I expected.
Bottom line, if you are looking for a movie that complements your values, you likely won’t find it here.
Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Heavy