We Own the Night
A truly surprising solid film that had it’s shock and awe value throughout. The film opens up with a bang… a fingerbang that is, as Joaquin Phoenix is getting hot and heavy with his girlfriend Eva Mendes. Things don’t last long as Phoenix is quickly summoned to oversee things going on in the night club he is affiliated with. He’s into it deep with some pretty nasty characters in the mob. Plot twist… he’s related to two cops, his brother (Wahlberg) and his father (Duvall) who just happens to be the police chief. The film is very dark and gritty, there’s no one scene that is bright and vivid. There’s a car chase that takes place during the rain that is one of the best filmed scenes of recent memory. Great acting was made by great writing throughout. I’m interested to watch the other films of director James Gray.