Jimmy Conlon (Neeson) is a Mob enforcer who’s seen better days. But when his estranged son (Kinnaman) becomes the target of Conlon’s boss (Harris), Jimmy is forced back into action to try to keep them both alive across the course of a blood-soaked night.
Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson - the Costcutter Scorsese and De Niro - return for their third outing, following Unknown and Non-Stop, but anyone worried Neeson is simply making the same movie over and over again should put their minds at rest. For one thing, he’s wearing a completely different coat. For another, his stumbling drunk Mob enforcer is, thankfully, not a retread of Taken’s Bryan Mills, but a more interesting and flawed character. And for the first hour or so, this thinly-veiled, virtually beat-for-beat remake of Road To Perdition (seriously, it’s beat by beat) is fine, with a decent down-and-dirty tone and meaty scenes for Neeson and Harris. Then Common wanders in from a completely different movie as an unstoppable hitman, and the movie doesn’t so much stop running as slam straight into a wall.
With Neeson on fine form and an encouraging start, it’s a shame that this gritty crime drama feels the need to erupt into a full-blown action movie by the end.