Fate does not mean that there is a plan. Fate means all outcomes are inevitable. We Own the Night is about fate. And in this case: no goddamn satisfaction for anybody. Wildly bleak. Almost no dramatic thunder. Yet: it's all drama. The three action set-pieces are remarkable. The whole thing seems wildly far-fetched, though it may not be, I don't know. The first and last scenes reflect one another commendably.
Mélodrame plus que tragédie, le film est porté par de grands acteurs, au service d'une réalisation en équilibre parfait entre classicisme et recherche formelle (notamment l'époustouflante course poursuite). Dur de choisir entre ce film et The Yards, mon autre James Gray préféré.
Ah les bons sentiments, ah la victoire des bons contre les méchants, si méchants ,si fourbes, si violents et les bons si bons si unis si famille patrie et surtout si bénis de Dieu qui les protègent et qu'ils prient avec ferveur dans leurs beaux uniformes. C'est avec des idéologies de cet acabit que notre monde en est arrivé là où il en est. A retenir, une scène géniale sous la pluie, bravo les cascadeurs!
Very surprised by this. Passed on it for so long, finally gave it a chance, and voila - a fairly predictable crime-thriller with Hollywood sensibilities, but, set in a fairly unique period with a great lead performance. Not to mention the sporadic bursts of violence that keep the pace lively - and, as action sequences they are brutal and stylish. The final scene, set amidst the smoky reeds, was beautifully executed.
I was going to skip this - I watched a Wahlberg interview once and he seemed a jerk. This film still deals with the same Hollywood deck of cards for sure, but it has some convincing moments - where the acting trumps the plot (jeeze im extending metaphors now - this review lark he!) and you feel empathy: Joaquin+girlfriend; the car chase. The bond between the brothers is less believable - ja! Wahlberg jerk eh ;-)
Very familiar material, though what we're asked to feel about said material is considerably less so. Point me to another iteration of this kind of story in which we're made to find the protagonist's becoming a cop *tragic*. The cliche-heavy dialogue is a bit harder to defend.
This was on TV so I decided to go see what all the fuss around James Gray was about. And... It's wonderfully executed in many ways, I have no complaints really, but i felt bored, it has no magic, i couldn't relate to it, it felt really generic and i felt like i was watching the characters from very far away. Sorry Gray, maybe it's not you it's me. Although I really liked the car chase sequence.