WE OWN THE NIGHT
Police Angst Story
Release Date: October 12, 2007
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Mark
Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Robert
Duvall, Danny Hoch, Alex
Veadov, Moni Moshonov, and
Genre: Police Thriller
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 117 minutes
Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony
Director: James Gray
Executive Producer: Anthony Katagas, Todd Wagner,
and Mark Cuban
Producer: Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin
Phoenix, Nick Wechsler, and
Writer: James Gray
Address Comments To:Michael Lynton, Chairman/CEO
Amy Pascal, Chairman - Motion Picture Group
Sony Pictures Entertainment
(Columbia Pictures/MGM/TriStar/Screen Gems/Provident)
10202 West Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232-3195
Phone: (310) 244-4000
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The movie opens in 1988 New York City, where Bobby Grusinsky has rejected the police traditions favored by his father, Burt, a deputy chief, and his brother, Joseph, a police detective. Bobby manages a wild nightclub in Brooklyn, El Caribe, and has even taken his mother’s maiden name, Green. There are some unsavory characters coming to El Caribe, however, including a Russian drug dealer named Vadim who just happens to be the nightclub owner’s nephew. In fact, Bobby himself likes to do drugs and party with his buddy Jumbo and his sexy Puerto Rican girlfriend, Amada.
Bobby’s life changes when his father and brother decide to take down Vadim. They bust Vadim at Bobby’s nightclub, but Vadim almost kills Bobby’s brother, putting him into the hospital. Bobby finally has to choose sides, but this brings even more danger to him, his girlfriend and his father.
WE OWN THE NIGHT is pro-police, but the movie also takes the position that the emotional price of being a cop on the streets battling ruthless violent criminals is too much for any one man, or one family, to handle. There are some overt hints in the movie that Christianity and faith in God can help sustain a policeman and his family, but they are mostly hints. The movie also contains abundant foul language, very strong violence, a brief sex scene, and some explicit nudity. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.
Finally, WE OWN THE NIGHT is entertaining, intense and well acted, with a very nicely done car chase scene shot in the rain, but it ultimately fails to reach the strength of a four-star police thriller. The movie is a little bit too downbeat to be truly inspiring and doesn’t go quite deep enough.
WE OWN THE NIGHT is entertaining, intense and well acted, with a very nicely done car chase in the rain, but it is a little bit too downbeat with not enough depth to be a four-star movie. Also, it is pro-police and has some overt positive allusions to Christianity and faith, but there are plenty of good reasons why it is rated R. For example, the movie contains abundant foul language, very strong violence, a brief sex scene, and some explicit nudity. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.