Film: Run All Night (15) ***

Liam Neeson with his screen son Joel Kinnaman
Liam Neeson with his screen son Joel Kinnaman
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The sins of two fathers are visited upon their sons in Jaume Collet-Serra’s sleek action thriller set on the rain-lashed streets of New York.

Liam Neeson is cast as a booze-sodden hit man, who will stop at nothing to protect his loved ones.

For more than 30 years, Jimmy has outfoxed tenacious Detective John Harding (Vincent D’Onofrio) and slayed targets at the behest of his best friend, mob boss Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris).

Alcohol is Jimmy’s solace from his manifold transgressions, which have cast him adrift from his son Mike (Joel Kinnaman).

One fateful night, Mike witnesses Shawn’s reckless son Danny (Boyd Holbrook) killing an Albanian thug. Inevitably, Jimmy becomes embroiled in this deadly game of cat and mouse and he sides with his flesh and blood.

Screenwriter Brad Ingelsby condenses each strained relationship to one or two scenes of succinct dialogue, including a terrific bout of verbal sparring between Neeson and Harris.