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We Own the Night

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What if your own family stood in the way of everything you worked for? Bobby Green (Joaquin Phoenix) has forsaken his name to escape his family and their tradition in law enforcement to pursue his ambitions as a Brooklyn nightclub owner. As he turns a blind eye to the drug dealers around him, he comes face to face with the family he abandoned when his brother (Mark Wahlberg) and father (Robert Duvall) crack down on the club. Now Bobby must choose a side. Is he going to turn informant or will he help run the biggest crime ring in New York history?


Studio Sony
SKU 206539972
UPC 043396225312
UPC 14 00043396225312
Format DVD
Release Date 5/26/2009
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Phoenix,Joaquin
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Cast & Crew
Eva Mendes - Actor
Ford Wheeler - Production Designer
James C. Feng - Art Director
James Gray - Director
James Gray - Writer
Joaquin Baca-Asay - Cinematographer
Joaquin Phoenix - Producer
Joaquin Phoenix - Actor
John Axelrad - Editor
Mark Cuban - Executive Producer
Mark Wahlberg - Actor
Robert Duvall - Actor
Wojciech Kilar - Original Music By
Nominee (2007) Cannes Film Festival, James Gray, Golden Palm Award
Review If the crime melodrama We Own the Night was made and released in the 1970s, the era whose moody, director-driven movies it most resembles, the film might have seemed more accomplished than it does now. While a classic, Godfather-esque vibe informs writer/director James Gray's evocative portrait of family loyalty, law enforcement, and New York mobsters (in this case, Russian ones), there's also a deja vu feeling to the whole enterprise. This isn't helped by the fact that Gray visited similar territory in his previous films Little Odessa and The Yards. But taken on its own terms, We Own the Night has much to recommend, as long as you don't focus too much on its various plotholes and inconsistencies, or the hunch that you've been down these mean streets many times before...Phoenix and Wahlberg (who also co-starred in Gray's The Yards) are believable and committed as the estranged brothers who eventually find common ground, though it's neither of their most memorable work. Duvall is excellent, as always, as the guys' tough, but fair widower dad, even if he's a bit too old now for the part...We Own the Night may not feel any more special than watching a rerun of The Sopranos or The Wire, but as a serious adult crime yarn, you could do far worse.
Reviewer Gary Goldstein
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Loyalty. Betrayal. Violence. Family. Those are the crucial staples to be found in any crime drama worth viewing, and writer/director James Gray shoehorns them into his high wattage effort, We Own the Night. Despite a plot that occasionally creaks and groans under the weight of a few too many coincidences and contrivances, We Own the Night offers effective drama and enough suspense to ensure that audiences will stay put until the end credits roll. And, even though Joaquin Phoenix gives a less-than-stellar performance in the lead role, we're still interested to know where the character arc will take this ambiguous individual...With a cast like this, one has a right to expect something amazing, so the fact that We Own the Night is merely "entertaining" might cause disappointment in some quarters. As cop/crime dramas go, this one offers little that's new but it takes the time to develop the characters and that's where its strengths lie. Remove this aspect, and all that would remain is a generic story about a mini-war between Russian mobsters and New York City cops, circa 1988. Credit Gray for at least giving us more meat than that to chew on.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Phoenix,Joaquin
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Andrew O'Hehir, An intriguing blend of mainstream audience-pleaser and a more subtle, even intellectual agenda.
Claudia Puig, USA Today The movie really belongs to Phoenix, who gives a haunting performance with just the right degree of intensity.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor It's awfully come up with a car chase that's startlingly new, but Gray pulls it off. It's the best of its kind since "The French Connection."
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times atmospheric, intense film, well acted, and when it's working it has a real urgency.
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer exploration of the demands and obligations of brotherly love, staged with honesty, originality and a surprising spark of intelligence.
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