In “Run All Night,” I found myself rooting for the guy played by Liam Neeson.
When, in the back story set in front of us, his character was every bit a bad a guy as the man played by co-lead Ed Harris.
You can read my review of “Run All Night” as my weekly Movie Review Blog on the Syracuse New Times site by clicking the link below.
When I left with the smattering of other folk from the Friday matinée at the Regal Cinemas chain at Syracuse mega shopping, dining and entertainment complex Destiny USA, I wondered how put out I should feel about this time-honored movie tradition of making the film-goer not only identify with somebody you’d never want to meet in real life, but openly root for them to succeed in every which way.
You know what I mean. If a mobster and hit man like Jimmy Conlon entered your real life in any manner, you’d not only cross the street in a dash, you’d hide behind the garbage cans, shake like a leaf, and hope he didn’t get a glimpse of you. Meanwhile, in the dark of a movie theater, you’re pulling for his schemes to work against other nefarious characters. Shades of bad, I guess. Pick your poison.
Who are your favorite movie bad folks, and why? Do you feel manipulated for pulling for bad-acting characters to prevail? Can you find the heart of gold under the layers of misdeeds in real life?