Rent Survive the Night (2020)

2.4 of 5 from 143 ratings
1h 29min
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Screen legend Bruce Willis (Die Hard franchise) drives the action in this gripping home-invasion thriller. After his brothers Mathias (Tyler Jon Olson) is mortally wounded in a robbery gone bad, Jamie (Shea Buckner) stalks trauma doctor Rich (Chad Michael Murray) from the hospital to his home. While holding Rich's wife and daughter hostage, the unhinged murderer forces Rich to operate on Mathias. But in order for him and his family to survive the night, Rich must team up with his estranged tough-as-nails father, retired sherriff Frank (Willis), in order to gain the upper hand and turn the tables on the criminals.
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Randall Emmett, Shaun Sanghani, Mark Stewart
Doug Wolfe
The Long Night
Lionsgate Films
Action & Adventure, Thrillers
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Run Time:
89 minutes
English Dolby Digital 5.1
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.00:1
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Reviews (4) of Survive the Night

Just not very good - Survive the Night review by TH

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I wasnt expecting anything amazing from this film but I thought at 88 mins it would be an easy evening film that would plod along nicely.

However this film is slow and and unengaging. The acting is ok with Bruce and Chad not able to put any personality into the characters. The rest of the cast are forgettable. By the end I really didn't care what happened.

4 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Do not watch this film - Survive the Night review by JW

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The acting in this movie was wooden and the screen writing was appalling. We spent most of the movie shouting at the TV because the characters did nothing logical or remotely sensible throughout and we didn't even bother watching to the end because we really couldn't care less what happened to any of them.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Forgettable film. - Survive the Night review by GB

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Usually like Bruce Willis films, unfortunately this was not his best outing with very little to do or say in the film. For the most part the other actors kept the interest going, but overall not a film to remember.

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Survive the Night (aka The Long Night) review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Akin to a singer taking up residency at a club in Las Vegas, Bruce Willis has settled for the bargain bin of direct-to-video or bound-for-video action pictures. Long after Willis has past from this world, some distributor will put out a massive box set of 50 Bruce Willis films (Die Hard not included). Survive the Night will be lost among them and no matter how hard the distributor will try to organize the titles, the consumer will be consumed as to which film was the one where Willis was a doctor that killed some gangsters. “Was that Death Wish?” “No, this one was entirely within a house.” “Oh, was that Act of Violence.” “Nah, he wasn’t a doctor in that one.”

To the film’s credit, however, Willis is more utilized as the protagonist in this feature rather than appearing as a shoved-in cameo for that marquee value. He plays a doctor with a family that finds his suburban home threatened by a gunmen and his crew. The gunman had a botched job where one of his men is shot and requires medical attention. The gunman threatens Willis to fix his friend or he’ll slaughter him and his whole family. Given how old Willis appears and being a doctor, it’s understandable that the gunman would not expect this guy to take charge and become a killing machine.

For the audience, however, we see it coming a mile away. This is Bruce Willis, an actor who has literally played a doctor who kills his aggressors in a film from two years ago. But does it matter? He could be playing a former army medic or failed med student or an over-the-hill pharmacist. It doesn’t matter so long as the gunman needs him. He has a wife and son who is a doctor, but does it matter? It could be a dog or his mother or his uncle, as long as someone can be held hostage. At this point, pretty much every Bruce Willis movie is the product of a randomized generator: “Bruce Willis is a [profession] that fights gun-toting bad guys to save his [personal hostage] in [generic action title].”

And I realize that’s unfair because I should be judging the film more on its own merits. Sadly, it’s the same bland bit of dime-store action of Willis’s previous dead-on-arrival movies. The entire story takes place inside a house where Willis sometimes hides in the dark and lures his attackers into a fight. He protects the innocent, punishes the wicked, and third overused line to describe a badass. The action is competent but lacking that extra bit of grit to be anything more than a budgeted blur of bloody showdowns. Willis gives his usual dreary performances of standing around stone-faced and bored until there’s someone to punch or shoot. I can’t help but feel he and Steven Segal should be in a buddy comedy to see who can be more emotionless and tired.

If you want further proof that this film is doomed to be a blur, it was directed by Matt Eskandari, a rising action director who had previously directed Willis in a film from last year called Trauma Center. It’s just as bland with its action elements, but Willis doesn’t play a doctor in that film, instead playing a cop. You can just hear the conversation now. “Wait, the one where he was a doctor, was that Trauma Center?” “No, he was a cop in that one.” “I thought he was an ex-cop.” “No, that was Reprisal.” “I thought he was a CIA agent in that.” “No, that was Extraction.” “Wasn’t that a Chris Hemsworth movie?” “No, different Extraction.”

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