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We Own the Night
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Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Robert Duvall
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Columbia Pictures
Web Site: weownthenightmovie.com
Kiddie Movie: Please leave them at home, unlike the mom in front of me at the theater.
Date Movie: It's good for the both of you.
Gratuitous Sex: Eva diddles herself and there's some boobs!
Gratuitous Violence: It's about the police and Russian drug people.  Duh?
Action: There's a chase scene.
Laughs: A couple of chuckles.
Memorable Scene: The opening scene with Eva Mendes.
Memorable Quote: "If you piss your pants you only stay warm for so long," & "It's better to be judged by twelve than carried by six."
Directed By: James Gray
Produced By: Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Nick Wechsler, Marc Butan

We Own the Night
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:57 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
You've gotta love when a mom seems to want to train her kid young. Yup, there I am sitting and waiting for "We Own the Night" and in comes Mom with Iím assuming her son, and if I had to place his age Iíd say he was no more than ten years old. Lady, did you even watch the trailer or look at the rating (itís R by the way), or do you want your kid to maybe get interested in the sex industry, or maybe take up drugs and alcohol. Sure, maybe the kid will actually like the cop side of the story more and then enter law enforcement, but canít you give him a few more years to decide. Anyway, on to the movieÖ

"We Own the Night" gives us the familiar story of two brothers taking different career paths, and dad, of course, having his favorite son while looking down on the other. In our case we get Dad being the Police Chief (Robert Duval), the good son being police officer Joseph (Mark Wahlberg), and the son on the wayward path being Bobby (Joaquin Phoenix). Bobby manages a way-successful nightclub in Brooklyn, owned by what seems like a nice Russian dude, and Bobby thinks he is on his way to maybe next running the next best thing in Manhattan. Heís also got his girl, Amada (Eva Mendes), but the problem is that Bobbyís club also seems to be the hotbed of the cocaine industry and when dear old dad and brother warn him about it, or especially about Vadim (Alex Veadov), the nephew of the clubís owner, Bobby blows them off.

Anyway, the club gets raided, the Russian mob/drug dealers are pissed, Joseph gets shot, Bobby feels guilty, Bobby goes undercover to make it up to his brother and maybe save dadís life, things donít go too well, people get caught and escape, people die, but in the end Bobby finds redemption and the siblings are friends again.

Iíd give away even more of the movie, but Iím going to guess that as you are sitting there watching it you will probably be able to figure out every plot twist involved, I know I did.

I really wanted to like "We Own the Night" a lot more, but for me, at least, the movie was just way too predictable. Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg show they both still have great acting in them, and Robert Duval doesnít need to show it but still holds his own. Eva Mendes was hot and shows right off the bat that her Amada character doesnít really need Bobbyís help to pleasure her, she can handle it herself, and transitions nicely from the slutty girlfriend to one just confused of the situation she finds herself in. But the movie also seemed to have too many flaws as well, like Bobby being able to keep his identity as the son and brother of some police officers a secret, his taking too long to figure out who the squealer was, the escape of the bad dude, and fine, Iím going to give a little something away, but since when, on a bust operation on a building, are the cops not surrounding the entire area so people canít jump out of the back of the building?

To see Eva looking hot as ever, with some decent action and chase scenes, you canít go wrong with "We Own the Night," but I would say itís probably more worth it as a DVD rental than heading to the big screen. Being just too damn predictable would give it 2 stars, but with Eva diddling herself and some nudity, that bumps it a tad to a final rating of 2 1/2 stars out of 5.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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