We Own the Night
Bobby Green is the manager of a succesful night club in Brooklyn. Regularly he goes to his boss, the Russian immigrant and businessman Marat Buzhayev, to report on how things are going and it looks like they can’t get any better. The club is doing great, Bobby has some ideas of starting a second one in Manhattan, and he’s in love with the very goodlooking Amada Juarez. What his boss doesn’t know, however, is that Bobby’s brother and father are cops and with the police in New York fighting a battle against Russian drug mobsters, it’s hard for Bobby to stay neutral.
When one night, Bobby’s brother Joseph does a raid on the club in order to catch the renowned dealer Vadim Nezhinski, the nephew of Bobby’s boss, this is the start of a series of events that will change Bobby’s life for ever.
Sound and Vision:
We Own the Night has a very toned down color palette with hardly any red. Still, this adds to the atmosphere a bit and doesn’t hurt the overall quality. The image quality is good with plenty of detail but the’s also some grain present here and there and at times the contrast could be a bit better.
The DTS soundtrack does its job nicely, using the surround speakers and subwoofer well while the dialogues remain crystal clear.
Although We Own the Night has a setting where cops fight drug dealers, it’s more a film about family than action. The relationships of Bobby with his family, his girlfriend and his employer are the centerpiece of the film and action is used only when necessary. So if you’re looking for a sequel to The Departed then you better go look elsewhere. Instead, if you want to see a movie about relations and emotions, spiced up with a criminal setting then this one might be something for you. The storyline is far from original and the cast looks to be in a constant state of depression, but overall the movie does manage to keep the viewer interested.