Tuesday, August 5, 2014

We Own the Night (2007)

Director: James Gray
Writer:    James Gray
Cast:       Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall, Eve Mendes

A New York nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father (they are cops) from Russian mafia hit men.

So while flicking through my collection to decide on which film to watch today I ended up with this one  about which I had no idea and don't know how it ended up in my watch-list. I just decided to watch it anyways since Joaquin Phoenix is in it and since the director's name was not listed during the opening credits, I still had no clue about the film. Turns out it was from James Gray and I acquired the film because Martin Scorsese in some article mentioned his name along with the likes of Alexander Payne and Paul Thomas Anderson. Lets just say I have no idea why he ended up in that list based on watching this film. Maybe his other recent film 'The Immigrant', which has been getting some good reviews, will justify his inclusion. 

The cast looks great in 'We Own the Night' but they cannot save it from being more than just a watchable film because the story develops in such an unconvincing manner. Seemed like all the actors were also unconvinced by it and they kind of sleepwalk through it especially Mark Wahlberg. Joaquin Phoenix tries to justify his participation in the film but is let down by the script and the director. Film is set in 1988 New York and the title comes from the motto of NYPD's Street Crimes Unit. Apart from two good action sequences it is frankly a forgettable film.

Rating: 2/5