A Walk Among the Tombstones

A Walk Among the Tombstones

(2014)

People are afraid of all the wrong things.

Liam Neeson is Matt Scudder, a disgraced ex-NYPD cop now working as an unlicensed private investigator operating on the edge of the law. Based on Lawrence Block's bestselling mystery novel.... More

When Scudder agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens, TV's Downton Abbey) hunt down the men who kidnapped and then brutally murdered his wife, the PI learns that this is not the first – nor will it be the last – time these men have committed this crime.Hide

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Similar enough to Taken to be marketed as an unofficial Taken 2.5, but different enough to disappoint anyone expecting that, A Walk Among the Tombstones is a relatively old school private eye drama that maintains attention without leaving a lasting impression.... More

It recalls Jack Reacher in how it's a studio thriller that seeks to access a kind of gritty contemporary noir that tends to remain out of reach when marquee actors are involved. There are lots of attempts to texture Neeson's tormented ex-cop Matt Scudder, but he never stops being Liam Neeson.

That said, he is a reassuring cinematic presence and it's never boring watching him kick ass. Neeson is also able to sell Scudder's friendship with a streetwise black kid, a thread which could've easily derailed the film's already scant suspension of disbelief.

Plus there is genuine novelty in seeing Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens (who played Matthew Crawley) as an ice-cold drug lord, the first of which appears to be a string of big character performances for the actor.

The subject of a series of novels by Lawrence Block, Scudder was last portrayed on screen by Jeff Bridges in forgotten '80s effort 8 Million Ways to Die. It's difficult to imagine this film being any more successful than that one in kickstarting a Matt Scudder franchise.Hide


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BY thorinoak superstar

Solid Neeson action fare. Nothing spectacular and you get what you expect - which is good stuff.


BY JackWallace superstar

Based on the bestselling mystery novel by Lawrence Block. Set in 1999, many signs and posters warning the public about Y2K. Liam Neeson is Matt Scudder, an ex-NYPD cop who resigns from duty after "a bullet took a bad hop". Eight years later, Scudder is working as a private investigator. Kenny Kristo, played by Dan Stevens, a drug kingpin seeking revenge after his wife is kidnapped, raped and murdered, hires Scudder to find the depraved psychopaths involved. A Walk Among the Tombstone is a solid... More neo-noir crime thriller. Dark, disturbing and nasty. Unlike the fast, action packed Taken, A Walk Among the Tombstones is more slow-burn. One of the charismatic actor's most powerful performances in recent years. It's impossible not to love watching Liam Neeson kick ass. Dan Stevens is superb as Kenny Kristo. And the sadistic psycho rapists are effectively creepy. The tension slowly builds up to an intense, thrilling and violent climax. The disgusting sexual violence will turn off some audiences. I think that A Walk Among the Tombstones could start a great franchise of bleak, gritty crime thrillers.Hide


BY suarez nobody

Whilst Neeson did a good job, the story and execution of this thriller is such a let-down. I mean I can tell by watching the trailer that this doesn't look good and it sure doesn't. It certainly is no Taken whilst watchable, there's nothing intriguing about the storyline nor the action. At the end, it fell flat.


BY Gaspardation superstar

The film is a total drag. No suspense or plot. Only the cold and creepy atmosphere.


The Press Reviews

65% of critics recommend.
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  • Like a good butcher’s cleaver, it’s weighty, solid and sharp. Full Review

  • Neeson’s latest effory is slightly more subdued than his average shoot-’em-up, but no less gruffly satisfying. Full Review

  • Too formally well crafted to be dismissed, but too straightforward and uncurious to be particularly exciting or insightful. Full Review

  • Exciting, in places, though a stranger to subtlety, it ticks all the genre boxes, but there’s something about its knowing noirisms that feels superficial rather than soaked-in. Full Review

  • Distinctly and proudly old-fashioned in its retro, film noir vibe. Full Review

  • The biggest surprise is the fact that, even after all this time, Neeson still can't do a decent American accent. Full Review

  • Nasty, brutal and unforgiving... one of those rare contemporary cinematic offerings: intelligent pulp. Full Review

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