We Own the Night

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2007


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James Gray
We Own the Night is a crime drama and thriller that was directed by James Gray and produced in 2007 by Columbia Pictures and 2929 Productions. The movie is based in Brooklyn during the late 1980's. At this time crime was a major part of the town, especially drug related crime. The two main characters are brothers who have chosen very different lives for themselves. There is Joe Grusinsky (Mark Wahlberg) who followed his father to New York's Finest and became a police officer. Then there is Bobby Green (Joaquin Phoenix) who manages a nightclub in the area with hopes of making it big. Joe's police work requires him to investigate some drug cases and he asks Bobby to help gather intelligence but Bobby declines his offer. This prompts Joe to raid Bobby's club, an action which permanently tarnishes the relationship between the two brothers. Will either of them survive and where will their loyalties lie when push comes to shove?moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Adequately acted and flecked with the required quota of action to satisfy genre fans, pic recalls numerous good police dramas of the 1970s, but mostly in superficial ways that brin...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    It's a bare-knuckled crime drama set in 1988 that stylistically could have been made that year and emphasizes Gray's strengths as a director while drawing attention to his limitati...

  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The problem with We Own the Night is that it mistakes sentiment for profundity, and takes its ideas about character and fate more seriously than it takes its characters and their p...

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Thrillers, Crime