We Own The Night's script was truly phenomenal for an American production, because, let's face it, more than half the time American movies are made of lousy script-writers: there are usually a whole lot of flaws, or reactions/attitudes from characters are totally unrealistic or just plain stupid.
This film's main theme is not new. But the way the script was written - up until 1h30 into the movie, anyway - is accurate, and makes a whole lot of sense. The characters' reactions. Their expressions. The dialogs. Unfortunately after 1h30, the script deviates into nonsense, nonetheless leading to a pretty decent ending.
Why else watch this film? Why, a wonderful cast of course! Wahlberg and Phoenix are truly amazing as two brothers. And Robert Duvall as their father is simply amazing, but isn't he always?
A very typical American mafia movie, but definitely one worth seeing.