We Own the night is both written and directed James Gray, Staring Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Eva Mendes and Robert Duvall. The premise is Phoenix plays the manager of a nightclub while his brother played by Wahlberg has been promoted in the police force and his first act as an officer is to run the narcotics unit. This involves a trip to his brother’s nightclub. Phoenix is then asked to go undercover for the investigation into the Russian mafia squad, things go south and Phoenix is now trying to protect his father, also an officer and his brother.
This film appeared to me at first glance to be a similar premise to The Departed which is a film I love and in my opinion is a classic piece of cinema. This film is only similar to The Departed in the way that we were looking at cops and mafia. This film I have to say is very much a guy’s film, its brutal, violent, tense in the right places and has compelling storyline and plot. Continue reading