We Own The Night (2007)

JAMES GRAY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2007.  , , Industry Entertainment.  Screenplay by James Gray.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Film Festivals:  Cannes 2007

Excellent dramatic thriller treads familiar territory but feels fresh in execution. Two brothers reside on opposite sides of the law, one of them a cop () and the other a club owner () with drug connections. Their father () obviously knows which one he’s proudest of, but the lines get blurred when Wahlberg falls into serious danger because of someone in Phoenix’s world and the bad brother is forced to choose sides. Does he want to continue with the friends who he feels treat him like family, or will he be there for the family from whom he’s been estranged for so long?  Moody, atmospheric photography and superb performances enrich this grimy tale that also features a highly intense, exciting car chase and a wholly satisfying conclusion.  is a standout as Phoenix’s girlfriend.

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