The poster for Run All Night.

Liam Neeson stars in the movie Run All Night, which is available to rent on BoxOffice.

I know what you’re thinking. Meh. Another generic Liam Neeson “I’m going to find ye and I’m gonna kill ye” flick?

Hold on there…not quite. You see while Liam Neeson seems to have allowed Hollywood to paint him into a very type-case corner as the hard-arse killer with very little to lose, this one is a bit different. This one is - dare I say it - surprisingly good.

Have a look:

You see unlike movies like Taken, Non-Stop and A Walk Among the Tombstones, Run All Night has a little more in the way of a story to push the plot long; it isn’t new but is surprisingly airtight for this type of action/thriller.

I mean, it takes a lot to mess up a classic “man kills mob boss’s kid in self defence, mob boss gets mad, vows revenge on man and entire family” plot, but in this case, the combination of good acting (from Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman – who plays Neeson’s son, Mike – and Ed Harris as the incredibly evil mob boss Shawn McGuire), a better-than-expected script and a complete lack of polish that gives this movie some serious character.

Unlike many other similar movies in the genre, director Jaume Collett Serra (who directed Neeson in both Unknown, Non-Stop and House of Wax) Run All Night isn’t bloated with massive stunts or an attempt to please the crowd by giving Neeson amazing kung-fu powers.

The action is raw and uncomplicated: it’s handguns, car chases and bottles breaking over heads. Neeson gets his backside handed to him on more than one occasion and he never fires more bullets than his six-shooter allows.

There are times in the movie were you feel a genuine sense of concern for both Neeson and Kinnaman’s characters because a number surprises early in the story leave you with a feeling of distrust of almost everyone in the film. Even towards the end, you never quite know if it’s all over or if there’s one more bad guy around the corner being paid to spill some innocent blood.

All I’m saying is don’t judge this book by its cover. Even the trailer doesn’t really do it justice. If you’re into your suspense/thrillers, put this one on your watch list. It’ll surprise you.

Rent it on BoxOffice now for R30.