We Own the Night (2007)

We Own the Night (2007)
  • Time: 117 min
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Director: James Gray
  • Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall, Eva Mendes


Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe has followed his father Bert into New York’s Finest; he’s a rising star. Bobby, who uses his mother’s maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. Then, Joe raids Bobby’s club to arrest the Russian. From there, things spiral out of control: the Russian puts out a hit on Joe, personal losses mount, and Bobby’s loyalties face the test.

One review

  • I had heard a lot of people talking about “We Own the Night”. Most people were very positive, saying that it’s really good. Despite that it took a long time for me to finally coming around to watching the DVD.

    Hype is always a dangerous thing. Some movies seemed to be all hyped up for very little reason. Of course, sometimes movies live up to the hype and are just as good as the rumor says. “We Own the Night” though is not one of those. There are a few strong points here, but overall this is not a great movie. The plot feels thin, characters feel a bit hollow and in general i think it lacks something that really makes me care about what happens.

    Strong points are mainly a nice set of actors. Wahlberg has never been one of my favorites, although lately he’s improving and this movie is no exception. Joaquin Phoenix is solid as always, and Robert Duvall always adds a bit of class. Some of the supporting cast have one big problem though, and that is a very stereotyped bunch of characters for them to work with. The Russian mobsters are almost caricatures, and so are many of the cops.

    Another strong point is the visual style. The movie looks nice with a good atmospheric 1980’s feeling to it. And in the end that is a good metaphor for the movie. On the surface it has decent actors, a nice look to it and a fairly decent story. But the depth is missing. This is not a bad movie, but to me it was easily forgotten.

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