"Police Angst Story"
What You Need To Know:
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.
(C, BB, P, LLL, VVV, SS, NN, AA, DD, M) Light Christian worldview with some strong moral elements that are pro-police and anti-criminal, but with some downbeat elements and much rough content deserving of an R rating; 92 mostly strong obscenities, two strong profanities, 11 light profanities, and an obscene gesture; some very strong violence with blood and some action violence includes man shot in face, shots of bleeding man on floor after he cuts his own throat, gunfights with people shot, man jumps out window during hail of gunfire and falls on metal fence, wound on cheek, car chase with crashes shot in the rain, and threats of violence; depicted sexual foreplay and implied fornication; shots of upper female nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking, marijuana use, cocaine use, and references to selling drugs, but movie ultimately seems to side with police and against drug dealers, though this element could have been stronger; and, deceit and adult son rebels.
WE OWN THE NIGHT is a police thriller set in New York City about the emotional price NYPD officers can pay while fighting ruthless violent criminals. The movie has some positive overt allusions to Christianity and faith, but there are plenty of good reasons why this movie is rated R.
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.