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Run All Night [2015] [R] - 3.8.8



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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Liam Neeson stars as an experienced hit man trying to defend his son (Joel Kinnaman) from the wrath of an Irish crime lord (Ed Harris). Corrupt police officers, Albanian drug lords, and a crime family in New York City complicate his mission. Also with Common, Boyd Holbrook, Genesis Rodríguez and Vincent D'Onofrio. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. A few lines of dialogue are in Albanian with English subtitles. [1:54]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man kisses his wife twice at home.
 Insulting another man, a man makes crude, sexually explicit remarks about the other man's wife. A man dressed as Santa Claus, with a little girl on one knee, asks her mother to sit on the other knee and says, "I'm skinny, but long"; the woman takes her daughter and walks away. A man tells a friend that he is looking for a blonde-haired woman with large breasts (using crude terms). We hear that two newly graduated high school boys had sex with women in twin beds in the bedroom of one of the graduates. We hear that a woman is pregnant.
 A man finds three porn magazines in a dark house and we see one woman's bare shoulder and the face of a woman on a partially concealed cover of "Girly." A man's tattoo features a female torso with bare breasts, nipples and navel. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage.

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A man alone in a cabin sees another man outside a window and the second man fires five times and hits the first man in an arm and leg (we see some blood), the victim crouches and escapes, finding a shotgun which he loads and the second man pursues the first man and a third man outside, shooting several times and hitting the second man in the chest and back (we see blood flow), but missing the third man; the first man shoots the second man several times and kills him with a shot to the head that spurts blood as the first man dies on the ground with his eyes open and the third man talks to him while a police detective with a gun and uniformed officers take charge of the crime scene.
 A man walks into a bar with a handgun that he uses to shoot and kill the bartender and two other men seated at tables (we see some blood as the men fall); the shooter lures another man out of a hallway and another man accidentally shoots the first man (he rolls down a flight of stairs to land on his face and no blood is seen); the first shooter fires three times through a partition in a storeroom, hitting another man in the arm (we see some blood), and then walks around the partition and shoots the other man in the forehead (we see a bloody hole as the man falls off-screen).
 Two men have a shootout with handguns in a dark train yard, firing many loud shouts and missing; one man is wounded in the side and hides in a boxcar, but when he hears the other man outside, he gets out and limps away but the shooter fires through the injured man's back (blood spurts through the man's stomach area), he falls, gets up, falls again and the shooter shoots him again (we see more blood) and we watch the wounded man die with his eyes open.
 A wounded man lies on his back, looking up into the camera in two scenes and we see a shotgun by his side and his face shows scrapes, cuts and some blood; in the first scene, we see stop-motion action as a rifle and a handgun discharge and flaming bullets stop in the air as we hear a muffled shout; in the second scene, the first man grunts and loads the gun as another man shouts to a woman to run away with her children and the first man limps to a tree, leans against it, and uses the shotgun to shoot into another man's head (blood spurts through several breaks in the man's skull as he falls, dead with pooling on his head, face and the ground).
 Two drug dealers meet two younger drug dealers in an apartment where a fight ensues and all four men pull handguns, firing loudly; one man shoots and kills the other men (bloody holes show in their forehead as they fall dead) and the shooter suffers a grazing wound on one heavily tattooed arm (we see some sweat and blood). Two men sneak up to a limo driver's house at night, break in and the first man surprises the limo driver and chokes him; the intruder pulls a gun on the limo driver and we hear a loud shot fired from off-screen and the camera pans to show an older man with a handgun as the first man rubs his neck, gags and falls as blood flows from the wound onto the floor (after a few seconds of gagging, the man is dead).
 An older man questions a younger man sitting in a chair in the middle of an empty room as the younger man sweats and cries and the older man pulls him up from the chair, hugs him, and then stabs him in the back 10 times in close-up; the older man washes his knife clean from blood in a sink. Police officers and criminals chase two men through busy streets at night and into a subway where a passenger accosts one of the fleeing men before one of the chasing men begins a fistfight with the man he was chasing; a man beats up another man, kicking him four times in the stomach and the beaten man wraps a linen towel from a bathroom dispenser around his assailant's throat and strangles him to death on the floor. Two men fistfight and one man stabs a broken beer bottle into the calf of the other man; we hear shouting and see blood flow.
 A driver chases two police officers in a cruiser after they arrested another man; an extended chase involves hitting parked cars, cutting off other drivers and driving over curbs while one officer breaks out his window with a handgun, fires behind him but misses the driver (we see bullet holes in the windshield) and we hear shouts, screeching tires and sirens as we see flashing lights; the first car broadsides the cruiser, which races away again and then locked side by side, the cars create sparks in the street and the cruiser flips over its long axis several times and into a shop window with crashing glass; a dozen police cruisers approach with lights and sirens active, a man fires a gun in the air, tells people to move back and breaks the crashed cruiser's windows to free a man in the back seat as one officer crawls out and shoots at them, but one of the other men shoots him and we see blood spurt from his chest as he falls, presumably dead.
 Police cruisers, uniformed officers on foot and police helicopters chase two men to an apartment building where the police evacuate the building; a pan left burning on a stove ignites an apartment and then the building on fire as two men in a hallway shoot at another man just as a gas main explodes; one man shoots at another man and misses, but a fistfight ensues with many kicks and punches and the two men slash at each other with burning table legs in a dark room; a man's face is slammed into a hot pipe and we hear screaming and see steaming flesh; men shoot through crowds of people exiting the building, but hit no one as they all scream and run while two men inside climb down a winding flight of stairs and one man falls a short distance (he limps away).
 A man shouts, and throws a whiskey glass at another man and breaks it against a wall. A man throws a cell phone against a wall. A man wearing a bloody shirt and holding a butcher knife opens his front door at night and sees his father there; they argue and the first man drops the knife on a table before pushing his father out the door. Two men argue at a restaurant table; one man exits the building and a man outside attacks him, but the attacked man knocks him unconscious and runs. A drunk man playing Santa Claus (please see the Substance Use category for more details), falls from his chair and shouts before two other men put him, clothed, into a shower and we see a bandage on his hand afterward. Two men argue about how an EMT vehicle could not reach a wounded man in time to save him. A man says that another man killed his own cousin years ago for being a drug addict. A man berates a teen boy at a gym for cursing and they argue, and the boy agrees to stop cursing.
 A man tends to another man's shoulder and we see a deep V-cut that is no longer bleeding, but the victim's face is scraped and bloody; blood is seen on both men's sleeves and an older man shouts at the wounded man and they argue briefly. Several men have many large and small tattoo designs on their arms and necks and some tattoos may be gang related. One man's body in a morgue has a red rose and thorny vine tattooed on his chest. An elderly woman lies dying in a hospital bed, without equipment or tubes attached. In a morgue, a man identifies another man on a sliding shelf in an open body bag (no injury is visible).
 Two men in a boxing ring spar and we hear several extremely loud hits as one man falls unconscious. A man coaches two teen boys as they box; one boy knocks the other boy unconscious and smiles. A man breaks out the driver's side window of a limousine using a handgun while a young teen boy is in the back seat.
 A woman hears that her son died, she cries, slaps her husband in the face twice and collapses in tears into his arms. A man tells a police detective that he killed 17 people. We hear that a man's wife died. A man phones another man and says, "I killed your son. I had to. He was going to kill my son." A man says that he had to kill his friends and colleagues who became addicted to cocaine, because he could no longer trust them (please see the Substance Use category for more details). A man tells another man that he will kill the second man's son; the second man tells his son that a mob is trying to kill the son and the son's family. A man says that as a boy, he saw guns in every room of his house, scaring him.
 Three teen boys play a war video game and we see a cannon belch black smoke and some fire.

PROFANITY 8 - About 31 F-words and its derivatives, 17 scatological terms, 10 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, name-calling (garbage, trash, dumb, murderers, square-head, creep, Jimmy the Gravedigger), stereotypical references to fathers, teenagers, crime families, corrupt police officers, police detectives, mob assassinations, hit men, revenge, murder, Albanians, the Irish, Mexicans, 3 religious profanities (GD), 8 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus Christ, Jeez, My God, Jesus). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man snorts a line of white powder from his metal desktop after lining it up with a razor blade and he then drinks whiskey (he becomes intoxicated, talking and laughing loudly and staggering), two men snort two lines of white powder each, a man takes a drug dealer to his father in order to make a deal to distribute "99% pure" heroin in the US and we see a 2" square bag of heroin laid on the father's desk, a man says that cocaine and heroin cause too much trouble and they require people to be killed, and we hear that a man was assassinated in the past for being a cocaine addict who was unable to stop using. An older man is understood to be an alcoholic and when he wakes up from where he was asleep in a bar booth we see a bottle of beer in front of him and men sitting with bottles of beer in front of them at a bar and at tables, an alcoholic man dressed as Santa Claus drinks a short glass of whiskey while sitting on the closed top of the toilet in a washroom before he sees children, a man sits with a bottle of beer in a diner but does not drink it, we hear that a father shouted about his teen son drinking his Scotch, a man drinks from a short glass of Scotch in front of him in two restaurant scenes, a bartender sets a glass of beer on the bar but no one drinks it, and two men in an office drink whiskey from short glasses. A man lights and smokes a cigarette in a bar (twice) as well as on the street and behind a house, and a man walks into a dark house and we see the end of his lit cigarette burning.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Crime families, leaving the crime business, murder, revenge, justice, alcoholism, recreational drugs, tattoos, danger, keeping one's family safe.

MESSAGE - Family loyalty is a priority, even among criminals.

Special Keywords: S3 - V8 - P8 - MPAAR

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