How to execute a not-so-steady material with firm belief in yourself that balances the state, in We Own The Night.
The writer and director James Gray’s We Own The Night, owns the essence of everything it focuses on. From the crime world, to the dirty off-stage police work, to the lonely dark nights simmering outside our houses into filthy crime. And still, still he manages to shoot the film in a pleasing manner. You feel not repelled by the images and compelled by the characters. At the helm, is Joaquin Phoenix vibrating as this earthly grounded protagonist struggling with outer and inner force making him bleed. He is constantly scorched, making him never fully come to the end of his arc. And that is why his deed in the end feels so cathartic as he finally takes charge and comes full circle.