We Own the Night

Release Date: October 12, 2007

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75/94 Shane Jenkins Hopelessly corny and predictable. Its saving grace is a pretty great car chase in the rain. Mostly awful though.
173/214 Max Braden After the initial

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Bobby Green, played by Joaquin Phoenix, manages a nightclub in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn in the late 1980s. He lives an easy and uncomplicated life of parties, drugs and romancing his attractive girlfriend. The only obligation in his life is to ignore the powerful Russian Mob presence that pervades his club. Unfortunately, the brutal Russian Mob at the time is growing in influence, power and the desire to exert more control. It cares little for social tranquility in its quest to take advantage of what it senses as opportunity borne of weakness from the other crime organizations.

Bobby also harbors a secret. His father Burt, played by Robert Duvall, is the New York deputy chief of police, while his brother is a promising young police officer portrayed by Mark Wahlberg.

When the violence generated by the Russian Mob escalates, the New York City Police Department declares war on their organization, boldly challenging them with the slogan, “We Own the Night.” It emblazons these words across banners hung in local police precincts. It’s under this context that Bobby Green must make a choice once the Russians attempt to kill his brother and he learns that his father may be next. He must decide between his decadent lifestyle fueled by deliberate indifference to the crime world that surrounds him or the family he struggles to ignore.

Joaquin Phoenix excels at performing roles where the character is tortured with internal conflict (“Quills”, “Gladiator”, “Walk the Line” ), so we at BOP congratulate the choice of casting him in We Own the Night for a seemingly perfect fit. He is one of the rare actors who, like Edward Norton and Daniel Day Lewis, seemingly choose work carefully.

James Gray returns to direct, after a seven year hiatus, with Phoenix and Wahlberg whom he previously directed in his last project The Yards. Also rumored to be part of the cast is Christopher Walken, who has an undisclosed role according to several sources. (D. James Ruccio/BOP)

Vital statistics for We Own the Night
Main Cast Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall
Supporting Cast Eva Mendes, Alex Veadov
Director James Gray
Screenwriter James Gray
Distributor Sony/Columbia
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