A movie to get rid of all your holiday hangovers

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

You are now back from the holidays but still want to chill out with family and you are in desperate need of entertainment.

Theatre is out of the question as most theatre houses will only open their doors next week.

You should perhaps consider going to watch We Own the Night, which opens tomorrow at cinema outlets in the country.

The movie is directed by James Gray, who is also the author of the screenplay. It is about a new breed of narcotics that has swept the great New York City, bringing with it a ferocious crime wave more terrifying than any in recent memory. Outmanned and outgunned by the new criminal order, the police find themselves burying one of their own at the rate of two a month. An all-out war rages, threatening to engulf the guilty and innocent alike.

Bobby Green (Joaquin Phoenix) is caught in the crossfire. Manager of a Russian nightclub in Brighton Beach, which is frequented by gangsters like Vadim Nezhinski (Alex Veadov), Bobby keeps his distance, not wanting to get involved.

Despite his hedonistic, amoral lifestyle, he is committed to his girlfriend Amanda (Eva Mendes) and has ambitions to open his own club and expand out of Brooklyn.

Bobby has a secret, however, which he guards closely. His brother is police Lieutenant Joseph Grusinsky (Mark Wahlberg), who has followed in the footsteps of their father, Deputy Chief Burt Grusinsky (Robert Duvall). Bobby's already strained relationship with his father and brother is tested when Burt warns his son that this is a war, and he's going to have to choose a side.

He can no longer remain neutral when his brother is badly injured in an assassination attempt, and Bobby discovers his father could be next.

Bobby and Joseph then join forces for an all-out assault.