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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BY Dominic Corry Flicks Writer
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 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.