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. 7/10
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