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Genre: Drama/Crime
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Robert Duvall
Director: James Gray
Rating: M18 (Coarse language and scenes of intimacy)
Year Made: 2007




- Tension: Creating We Own The Night
- Commentary with Writer and Director James Gray
- Police Action: Filming Cops, Cars, and Chaos
- A Moment In Crime: Creating Late 80's Brooklyn



Languages: English/Spanish/French
Subtitles: English/Spanish/French
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 57 mins
Region Code: 1
Distributor: Sony Pictures
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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?


Director James Gray, Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg reunite here after their stint together in the 2000 production “The Yards”.

The title hails from the slogan of the New York Police Department back in the eighties and the story unavoidably deals with cops and crimes. Phoenix and Wahlberg plays brothers, Bobby and Joseph respectively with their father Albert Grusinsky (veteran actor Robert Duvall) being the Chief of Police. Bobby is the estranged son who adopts his mum’s maiden name and prefers to run a nightclub rather than follow the footsteps of his elder brother and father.

But when a drug cartel is found operating out of his nightclub by the Police, Bobby’s carefree life with his girlfriend Amanda (Eva Mendes) starts to spiral out of control. Instead of a shoot-em-all cop drama, Gray opts to focus on the brotherly and fatherly love of the Grusinsky family. The performance of the cast is plain exhilarating. Wahlberg impresses even though his screentime was limited, Mendes’s role could be developed further and Duvall is excellent as a doting father. No doubt about it, Phoenix is the only one who steals the show with his Bobby character.

There are some who compared this to “The Departed” or some other gritty crime flicks such as the recent “Street Kings”. Although dealing on the issue of crime, each has its own individual merits and “We Own the Night” stands firmly on his own without penetrating into say Martin Scorsese or Michael Mann’s territory.

Gray is less flashy and more of a subtle storyteller and you can see he’s not so keen in the action, pyrotechnics department. There a few gunshots and a surprisingly low-key car chase in the rain, other than that he just slowly let his cast carry the movie along.

If you prefer a crime flick with less noises and runs in the old-fashioned way, I suggest you let Joaquin Phoenix owns the night.


Tension: Creating We Own The Night
is a 15 minutes feature that covers interviews with the director, producer and the cast. Gray is quite an engaging talker so you won’t feel really bored hearing him talk about technical details, behind the scenes snippets in Commentary with Writer and Director James Gray. We can to see how the car chase is choreographed (with digital rain added in post-production) and how a stunt is executed in Police Action: Filming Cops, Cars, and Chaos. Gray talks why “Blondie” music is used in the background and how vintage costumes are used to fit the eighties era in A Moment In Crime: Creating Late 80's Brooklyn. A bunch of other Sony trailers including 30 Days of Night, Walk Hard etc round up this DVD.


Despite the grimness of the movie, the DVD transfer is excellent. Night details which comprised most parts of the duration are justifiable and solid. Dialogue is the main draw of the movie and the Dolby Digital 5.1 track does a fair job, you can listen clearly to Mendes’ moaning and Phoenix’s breathing too.



Review by Linus Tee


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