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We Own the Night [Blu-ray] [2007] [US Import] [Region A]

Joaquin Phoenix , Mark Wahlberg , James Gray    Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Danny Hoch, Alex Veadov
  • Directors: James Gray
  • Writers: James Gray
  • Producers: Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Katagas, Couper Samuelson, Marc Butan
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Feb 2008
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010HOZLM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,168 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



In We Own the Night, Joaquin Phoenix, whose eyes burn with sullen anger even when he's looking at the woman he loves, plays Bobby Green, a nightclub manager in the 1980s who gets caught between his blood family he tried to leave behind--a long line of police officers--and his chosen family of friends and business partners, who turn out to be drug dealers. His father (Robert Duvall) and brother (Mark Wahlberg) want Bobby to help their investigation, but Bobby resists--until the conflict takes a brutal turn. Writer/director James Gray wears his influences on his sleeve; he's clearly seen every movie that Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola ever made and aspires to follow in their footsteps.

The familiarity of the movie's territory dilutes its impact, but the plot of We Own the Night remains unpredictable, the performances have a clean vitality, and Gray's moody visual style brings some life to the genre. Phoenix (Walk the Line) dives into his role, sifting through layers of guilt and familial resentment; Wahlberg and Duvall play parts they've essentially played a dozen times, but do so with commitment and integrity. Also featuring Eva Mendes (Ghost Rider) as Bobby's devoted girlfriend, who questions just how much she'll have to give up for him. --Bret Fetzer


Director James Gray (The Yards) posits two distinctly different brothers--Joseph (Mark Wahlberg) and Bobby Grusinsky (Joaquin Phoenix)--as the central characters in this crime-infested thriller. Joseph and Bobby inhabit two conflicting worlds in late 1980s New York, the former becoming a cop and the latter running a nightclub. Bobby spends his evenings in a den of iniquity, indulging in drugs, alcohol, and gambling, and his attractive girlfriend Amada (Eva Mendes) is never far from his arm. Their two worlds meet when the father of the two men, Burt (Robert Duvall), who is also a cop, gets together with Joseph to ask Bobby for information about a patron of the club named Vadim (Alex Veadov). Vadim is the nephew of the club's owner, and also a dangerous member of the Russian criminal underworld. Bobby sides with Vadim, and the tension in Gray's brother-versus-brother potboiler reaches melting point as Joseph goes after both his sibling and his Russian foe.
Wahlberg, Phoenix, and Duvall all deliver high-calibre performances throughout, and Gray suffuses the plot with enough twists and turns to provide a few surprises. New York City is perfectly utilised as a backdrop to the action, and cinematographer Joaquin Baca-Asay manages to get the balance between moody, atmospheric shots and explosive action sequences just right. We Own the Night ultimately resembles an old-fashioned cop film with a little Scorsese-like drama thrown in for good measure, and is likely to gain a following among movie fans seeking retro crime thrills.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Close But No Cigar 10 Aug 2008
This film should have been a corker; good main leads, lots of good supporting actors and an interesting plot. Yet it came over as slow and pedestrian with the occasional burst of action (the bit in the stash house must have been done by a different team). At times the plot creeked as the Bad Guys Get Inside Knowledge device appeared, or we had the Men Beating Chests scenes, and we even had a You Killed My Pa scene. The Russian Mafia seemed oddly subdued, why weren't the girlfriend and her family clipped? It remains an undemanding action film, better (just) than watching re-runs of Friends on E4.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Saturday night at the movies... 25 Sep 2011
This is a 'traditional' kind of New York police movie which tries hard to capture the flavour and tension of films like 'Heat' and 'Taxi Driver'. It doesn't quite make the Scorcese / Pacino / De Niro grade, despite a couple of excellent acting turns from Wahlberg, Phoenix and Duval. But it's decent entertainment; intelligent and with just enough action to hustle the plot along. Once scene in particular -- a hit which takes place as the heroes drive through soaking rain on busy city streets -- is especially atmospheric. It managed to add a layer of confusion, desperation and reality to what might otherwise have been a typical Hollywood car chase. Nice trick!
Where 'We Own The Night' lost points for me was in its portrayal of a full-on Russian mafia vendetta against the NYPD and officers' families, which seemed incredible. We also found it very hard to hear a lot of the dialogue -- no doubt it was all very heartfelt and beautifully acted, but we often struggled to understand what was being said over the soundtrack.
So not a classic, but worth viewing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like the 'drugs and cops' theme... 18 Sep 2008
By taylzo VINE VOICE
If you like the 'drugs and cops' theme... then you should enjoy this film. While it isn't highly original, it is still engaging. The roles a played well by a good combination of actors. However, I'm a fan of both Eva Mendes and Joaquin Phoenix, maybe i'm somewhat biased.

In reality I'd probably give 3 and a half stars, but thats not possible. Not outstanding but definitely worth a fiver.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok for a night 3 May 2008
By C. J. P
This is an enjoyable film, not a ground breaker but entertaining, well acted and a very good car chase sequence. Recommended as a nights rental, feet up n a glass of wine!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than it deserves to be 18 April 2008
This blatant propaganda film for the New York Police Department, complete with the obligatory overladen police funeral scene, should have been a duck. Apparently it was panned by many critics and I can see why they might not have liked it.

Yet despite the formulaic all-American hero theme, there is an impressive understated central performance from Phoenix and the action scenes create genuine tension due to the clever use of sound effects.

Duval may well have been coasting in this movie, but nevertheless he's always watchable (apparently Christopher Walken was supposed to play his role). The rest of the cast looked convincing enough and Wahlberg performed the undemanding role of the favourite son with little difficulty.

Yes we've seen it all before, but for sheer brainless entertainment it passes a way of couple of hours very nicely.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film 17 Feb 2009
Just watched this for the first time, only had a passing interest before. But I was very surprised at how good this film was.

Both the main leads played there roles very well, I was especially impressed by Whalberg who usually grates me.

I would recommend this film to anyone who wants a gritty dark drama.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but characters not great 20 Jun 2014
By Caity
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The film starts off really good but it all gets too serious too soon and the result of this is that it just drags on. I like the plot but it could have been done a lot better and Joaquin Phoenix acting was good until he has a change of heart in the film and then just becomes very dull and expressionless (but that was probably due to bad direction.) Over all I think it's a good film and worth a watch, especially if like me you buy used but in good condition. For 1.36 including postage you can't complain!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Universal BD specs 21 Jan 2011
Astounding Blu-ray from Universal, folks. Here are the specs:

Region A, B, C.
Video codec: VC1, 1080p; video (file size): 25, 5 GB.
Aspect ratio: OAR 1.84:1
Audio: DTS-HD 5.1 (Eng), DTS 5.1 (Ger, Spa).
Languages: English, German, Spanish.
Subs: English (HoH), German, Spanish.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not a masterpiece but worth watching
I don't agree with much of the critics who depict this movie as one of the few crime masterpiece of the last decades. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Elleppi
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good one!!!!!
I really liked this film. James Gray is an excellent director, and the cast is excellent. Mark Walberg is brilliant as the 'good' brother and Phoenix is fab as the 'flawed'... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars A well made film
I really liked this film. James Gray is an excellent director, and the cast is excellent. Mark Walberg is brilliant as the 'good' brother and Phoenix is fab as the 'flawed'... Read more
Published on 20 April 2012 by Digby
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the alternatives that year
We Own The Night (WOTN) is stylishly shot in fact it would remind of the kind of cinematography that Ridley Scott would/could have used, which sadly was lacking in Ridleys American... Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2009 by Dragonfly
3.0 out of 5 stars Seen It All Before
"We Own The Night" treads very familiar ground, in that its a story set in cocaine drenched eighties New York and about two brothers on different sides of the law. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2009 by Johnentwistlespout
4.0 out of 5 stars There's nothing more compelling than family!
The biggest and best stories are all about family. This film is all about family, whether it's the fraternity of cops, the Russian mafia or just simple brothers and their father. Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2008 by Alexander J. Wakeford
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
A great premise and a cast choc-full of my favourite actors, I thought this looked like a safe bet. Me and OH found this movie to be slow moving and dull, veering wildly from the... Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2008 by daisyrock
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad, no...very bad.
Bad from the very first scene. Amateur writing and directing. I don't know how this got made.
Published on 21 Oct 2008 by Mr. F. I. Dudaniec
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark
I love this film.I love the bit where there driving and they get shot at and the bit with the lighter , total darkness !!! This is defo a must have , its a proper gangster drama
Published on 6 Oct 2008 by David Byrne
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