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Coming together to solve a series of murders in New York City are a police detective whose family was slain as part of a conspiracy and an assassin out to avenge her sister's death. The duo will be hunted by the police, the mob, and a ruthless corporation.
Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe has followed his father Bert into New York's Finest; he's a rising star. Bobby, who uses his mother's maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. Then, Joe raids Bobby's club to arrest the Russian. From there, things spiral out of control: the Russian puts out a hit on Joe, personal losses mount, and Bobby's loyalties face the test. Written by
According to an interview with Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix would get into character by hurling insults at 'Robert Duvall (I)' between takes. This upset Duvall greatly and Wahlberg had to restrain him. See more »
During the chase scene in the rain, the father said they were going to take his son and girlfriend to Corona. They were at the Cue Hotel, which more than likely is actually the Kew Motor Inn, which is on Union Turnpike, just west of Main St. Traveling from Kew Gardens, Queens to Corona there is no street scene like the one depicted in this chase scene. At the time the father is shot and then crashes, you can make out a street sign which says E 134st and Willow Ave. There is no E 134 st in Queens, it;s in the Bronx. Even looking at the area, this happened along Bruckner Blvd in the South Bronx. Also, the small bridge that was crossed, there is no such small bridge in that area of Queens, but there is in the South Bronx crossing from Bruckner Blvd over to Port Morris in the Bronx. There are a lot of these small bridges in the South Bronx, especially crossing over to Hunt Point area from Bruckner Blvd. There is no need to travel through the Bronx to go from Kew Gardens to Corona because the two are so close to each other. If they did, they'd have to get on the Van Wyck Expressway, over the White Stone Bridge, South on the Bruckner Expressway, over the Triboro Bridge, along the B.Q.E. to the L.I.E. and off the highway either at Junction Blvd or 108th St. Without traffic, such a trip would take at well over an hour but Corona and Kew Gardens are less than 10 minutes from each other. See more »
WE OWN THE NIGHT is the quote from the lower portion of the badge on the uniforms of NYPD police family Deputy Chief Bert Grusinsky (Robert Duvall) and one of his two sons Capt. Joe Grusinsky (Mark Wahlberg): the other son Bobby (Joaquin Phoenix) did not follow the family tradition of police work but instead is involved in nightclubs - and yes there is a schism of resentment. Bobby has distanced himself further from his family by changing his last name to 'Green', living with a Puerto Rican girl Amada (Eva Mendes), and bonding to a wealthy Russian family who owns the nightclub where Bobby works - a front for a drug dealing business. Writer/Director James Gray ('The Yards' and 'Little Odessa') has a feel for this underbelly of New York City and captures the 1988 mood of life in the city and beneath the city with style. The problem with the story is that it has been done so many times that it is simply stale yesterday's lunch. Two brothers at opposite end of the family spectrum require a major tragedy to bring them together, and to offer any more information to this fairly thin plot would be a disservice to those who plan to see the film.
The cast is strong, partly because each of them has played similar roles countless times and have the ideas down pat. It should be noted that two of the producers of the film are Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix, probably a reason the film was made... There are some exciting moments and enough surprises and tense times to keep the adrenaline rolling, the smaller roles are very well cast, and one of the shining attributes of the film is the gorgeous Russian liturgy inspired musical score by Wojciech Kilar. It is not a bad film; it is just too much in the same mold as countless other New York police dramas. Grady Harp
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