Mobster and hit man Jimmy Conlon has one night to figure out where his loyalties lie: with his estranged son, Mike, whose life is in danger, or his longtime best friend, mob boss Shawn Maguire, who wants Mike to pay for the death of his own son.
Ex-government operative Bryan Mills is accused of a ruthless murder he never committed or witnessed. As he is tracked and pursued, Mills brings out his particular set of skills to find the true killer and clear his name.
Professional Brooklyn hitman Jimmy Conlon is more commonly known as THE GRAVEDIGGER. Jimmy was a mob hit-man, who was best friends with his boss Sean Maguire. But when Jimmy's son, Michael, is marked for death by the mob, Jimmy must go up against Sean to protect Michael at all costs. Together, he and Michael must avoid corrupt cops, contract killers and the mob to survive the night.
Joel Kinnaman and Liam Neeson have both starred in a DC Comic Book movie featuring Batman. Joel Kinnaman starred as Rick Flag in Suicide Squad (2016), but doesn't share any scenes with Batman. Liam Neeson starred as Ra's al Ghul in Batman Begins (2005) and has a major role in the film, first as a type of mentor, and then later enemy. Common also had a small role as Monster T in Suicide Squad (2016). He also does not share any scenes with Batman, but shares a scene with Batman's most notable enemy, The Joker. Joel Kinnaman's character shares scenes with the Batman villains, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and Killer Croc. See more »
At the end, the detective takes the note from Jimmy's hand, but in the next shot, he is standing too far away from Jimmy to have been able to reach it. See more »
I'm the only one ever cared about you. And all of that ended an hour ago when you killed my son. I'm comin' after your boy with everything I got.
I won't let you take him, Shawn.
You got no choice. And when it's done, and it will be done, you and I are gonna meet back here at this restaurant, at this same table that I used to share with my boy, and I'm gonna look you in the eyes just like you're lookin' me in the eyes right now. And I'm gonna see how empty they are without your son in the world...
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The movie this is most like is Unforgiven. An evil monster who hates what he is and is feared and loathed by all who meet him. Michael, his estranged son, keeps his family a long way from Jimmy. Only the mob boss, now going legitimate, who feels guilty for making Jimmy the monster he is, will associate with him. Like Unforgiven, Jimmy is sucked into events that make him return to the killing monster he was. Michael witnesses Danny, Shawn's son, shooting some heroin dealers, and Danny decides to kill Michael. Once Jimmy shoots Danny to prevent him from killing Michael, the old nightmare returns. The best line to understand Jimmy is his answer to the cop,"Just because I'm not in prison doesn't mean I'm not being punished." Forgive the moralist, I enjoy movies dissonant with today's decadent libertinism that dare to depict Evil as its own punishment. Yes, it is and how rare in a modern American movie. The film follows Jimmy protecting Michael one nightmarish night. Along the way, Michael learns to see the man inside of the monster. I liked where Jimmy said he had to leave them to protect them from the monster he had become.
These characters are not the cardboard cut outs of Taken. Good and Evil are blended together like real human beings. Even after Jimmy shoots Shawn, there still is affection between them. As he dies in his arms, the complexity that is the quintessence of dichotomous creatures both light and night is delineated well. Yes, the movie is violent, graphic and ugly in parts. I could have lived without seeing Shawn repeatedly stabbing Danny's partner in the back. Jimmy kills plenty of people coming for Michael. I admit the critics are right about the final shot with the rifle; it was pure fantasy. It is not important not to miss the forest for the trees with this movie. The microcosmic image of this film is dead Jimmy clutching in his deceased hand the list of all the families he destroyed serving Shawn that the cop wanted so badly. This is the very essence of the movie: an evil man filled with guilt trying to show his love for his son; indeed, he gives his very life for all of them. Taken was a live action cartoon utterly devoid of any reality. Here, Jimmy dies at the end; this is not a cartoon. Yes, the final shot is a flaw, you are right, but the theme of the movie is meritorious within this antithetical Zeitgeist.
Harris and Neeson create characters with depth to them full of ambivalence like real human beings. Like Munny, he is seeking redemption; in Jimmy's case it costs him everything. My favorite scene in the movie is the last one where Michael has put Jimmy's picture back up. Like what is done humorously in Uncle Buck, the performance of good is never too late as long as one is still breathing. Like Munny, several times Jimmy stops Michael from killing people,"You pull that trigger you become just like me." The movie is relentlessly intense and well acted with great writing. Try finding another film this deeply moral beneath the action. Any movie that models nobility: giving your life to protect helpless ones will be forgiven, by me, a multitude of flaws. A Good Movie.
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