Ann Joyce
Jeff Labrecque
February 15, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

We Own the Night

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
117 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/12/07
performer
Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall, Eva Mendes
director
James Gray
distributor
Columbia Pictures
author
James Gray
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a B-

No one wears glassy-eyed anxiety better than Joaquin Phoenix, but his sharp performance as a ne’er-do-well straddling both sides of the law can’t salvage We Own the Night, a slowly deflating, Russian-accented Departed. Mark Wahlberg treads familiar, if lower-key, terrain, and police patriarch Robert Duvall seems content just playing Robert Duvall. EXTRAS Soft-spoken writer-director James Gray slips in spot-on imitations of his three male stars in his otherwise scholarly commentary, and in a featurette shares how Phoenix provoked Duvall on the set to stoke his character’s paternal disdain. B-

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