"I've done terrible things in my life"\u00a0growls Liam Neeson. Lying on his back in a wood, a gunshot wound in his side, he gazes up\u00a0to the misty canopy through glassy eyes\u00a0and\u00a0laments past sins catching up to him. We're very firmly in\u00a0Taken\/A Walk Among the Tombstones\u00a0territory as we begin Catalan director Jaume Collet-Serra's third\u00a0endeavour with the mid-Atlantic over-50s badass. JC-S's latest film draws on the one man versus the world schtick of\u00a0Unknown\u00a0and\u00a0Non-Stop, ticking\u00a0many of the boxes of the Neeson-on-a-rampage genre the actor\u00a0has carved himself\u00a0in recent years, along with such unfortunate script howlers as the aforementioned opening line. Having said that,\u00a0Run All Night\u00a0proves that there is still some gas left in the rather battered tank. Focusing on family - in both the traditional and criminal sense - its tale of\u00a0murder, revenge, split loyalties and last gasp attempt to make amends allows for a greater depth of characterisation than prior outings and plays out on a stormy December night across several New York boroughs. Neeson is\u00a0of course Irish-American (he has the Eire tattoo to prove any doubters), playing mobster Jimmy Conlon. Jim\u00a0likes a drink too many, makes passes at his buddies' wives, used to kill people for a living and is\u00a0estranged from his son, limo-driving amateur boxer\u00a0and all round good egg,\u00a0Mike (Joel Kinnaman, who stares intensely at everything throughout).\u00a0As counterpoint to the old man, Mike of course has a stunning wife (Genesis Rodriguez) and beautiful children but they\u00a0sadly act as little more than narrative bait for the bad guys. In any case, events will conspire to give the chalk and cheese pairing some valuable, and overdue,\u00a0bonding time:\u00a0"Listen to your father for one night"\u00a0is another clanger in a script which does have\u00a0some\u00a0commendable\u00a0moments along the way. Conlon Sr. has been in the employ of friend and boss Shawn Maguire for 40 years but must kill his heroine-dealing waster of a son, Danny, (Boyd Holbrook) to save\u00a0his own.\u00a0Cue blood feud between long-standing blood brothers. Maguire is played\u00a0with a similarly gruff we've-been-in-this-business-too-long reticence\u00a0by Ed Harris and watching the heavyweights slug it out for the first time together is engaging. A restaurant scene where mercy is pleaded but vengeance vowed and a later foot pursuit across a deserted rail-yard seem to aspire to Michael Mann's\u00a0Heat\u00a0to some extent and while\u00a0Run\u00a0certainly doesn't hit such heights their\u00a0joint\u00a0onscreen presence does exude a weary experience. They've been in the game a long time but they're still swinging. Nicknamed "The Gravedigger", Jimmy puts a fair few\u00a0others in the ground here and throws more punches than you can reasonably count. Both director and lead actor have established that they have action sequences\u00a0down pat in former outings; close quarter battles and high speed\u00a0chases\u00a0are again of a pulse-raising calibre. German cinematographer Martin Ruhe shoots from innumerable\u00a0angles and the editing\u00a0chops so\u00a0thick and fast that we hurtle through set pieces dizzyingly\u00a0quickly. Camera effects which spiral in reverse through the subway or swing from building to building Spidey-style might strike some as gimmicky but nevertheless fling us across the Big Apple as the night's cat and mouse chase\u00a0transpires. Vincent D'Onofrio is\u00a0"the only cop I\u00a0\u00a0can trust", rapper Common features as emotionless and unrelenting killer "Price" sent after the Conlons by Maguire when all else fails and Nick Nolte makes a brief cameo as Jim's brother hidden beneath a sea of beard: the director certainly has enough clout to put some reputable\u00a0names together and certain narrative clich\u00e9s aside, the end result is a fast-paced and well-constructed thriller. As the death count mounts Neeson enters the mob's drinking hole\u00a0to the sound of The Pogues' 'Fairytale of New York' and doesn't take any prisoners there either. A bit like the Hulk in a leather jacket, he has developed all the subtlety of a bull in a china shop. It's hard to remember him as Alfred Kinsey, Oskar Schindler or even the dopey step-dad in\u00a0Love Actually.\u00a0In 2016 he will play a 17th century Portuguese Jesuit priest in Martin Scorsese's\u00a0Silence\u00a0which would suggest a move back to a former direction. Nevertheless, God help anyone who stands in his way... Run All Night\u00a0is released on DVD in the UK on 10th August.