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We Own The Night
- Joaquin Phoenix

Overview - Director James Gray (THE YARDS) posits two distinctly different brothers--Joseph (Mark Wahlberg) and Bobby Grusinsky (Joaquin Phoenix)--as the central characters in this crime-infested thriller. Joseph and Bobby inhabit two conflicting worlds in late 1980s New York, the former becoming a cop and the latter running a nightclub.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Director James Gray (THE YARDS) posits two distinctly different brothers--Joseph (Mark Wahlberg) and Bobby Grusinsky (Joaquin Phoenix)--as the central characters in this crime-infested thriller. Joseph and Bobby inhabit two conflicting worlds in late 1980s New York, the former becoming a cop and the latter running a nightclub. Bobby spends his evenings in a den of iniquity, indulging in drugs, alcohol, and gambling, and his model-like girlfriend Amada (Eva Mendes) is never far from his arm. Their two worlds meet when the father of the two men, Burt (Robert Duvall), who is also a cop, gets together with Joseph to ask Bobby for information about a patron of the club named Vadim (Alex Veadov). Vadim is the nephew of the club's owner, and also a dangerous member of the Russian criminal underworld. Bobby sides with Vadim, and the tension in Gray's brother-versus-brother potboiler reaches melting point as Joseph goes after both his sibling and his Russian foe. Wahlberg, Phoenix, and Duvall all deliver high-caliber performances throughout, and Gray suffuses the plot with enough twists and turns to provide a few surprises. New York City is perfectly utilized as a backdrop to the action, and cinematographer Joaquin Baca-Asay manages to get the balance between moody, atmospheric shots and explosive action sequences just right. WE OWN THE NIGHT ultimately resembles an old-fashioned cop film with a little Scorsese-like drama thrown in for good measure, and is likely to gain a following among movie fans seeking retro crime thrills.

Cast List

Nick Wechsler - Producer/Executive
James Gray - Director Of Photography/"Windigo"
Joaquin Phoenix - American actor, WALK THE LINE
Joaquin Rafael Bottom - American actor, WALK THE LINE
Leaf Phoenix - American actor, WALK THE LINE
Lief Phoenix - American actor, WALK THE LINE
Marc Butan - Exectuvie Producer, RULES OF ATTRACTION (2002)
Eva Mendes - Cuban American actress, HITCH
Mark Wahlberg - American actor, BOOGIE NIGHTS,
Marky Mark - American actor, BOOGIE NIGHTS,
Robert Duvall - American Actor/Director
Bodge - American Actor/Director
Wojciech Kilar - Composer
Joaquin Baca-Asay - Director of Photography, SUPER TROOPERS (2001)

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 117
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396225343
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (for strong violence, drug material, language, some sexual content and brief nudity)
  • Release Date: March 2012

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Theatrical Release
Crime
Violence

 
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Theatrical Release: October 12, 2007

Reviews:
"[With] some fine performances from Wahlberg and Phoenix....Also effective is Mendes..." - 10/01/2007 Box Office, p.48


3 stars out of 4 -- "WE OWN THE NIGHT is defiantly, refreshingly unhip....You're in the presence of a born filmmaker." - 10/18/2007 Rolling Stone, p.132


3 stars out of 5 -- "WE OWN THE NIGHT emerges as a solid, professional job with a keenly observed sense of time and place..." - 01/01/2008 Total Film, p.54


"Phoenix's performance is magnetic here....The film's velvety matte look -- attractively shot by Joaquin Baca-Asay -- proves slinkily seductive." - 01/01/2008 Sight and Sound, p.90


4 stars out of 5 -- "Three superbly orchestrated shoot-outs are up there with the best of the genre..." - 01/01/2008 Uncut, p.127

 
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