Liam Neeson’s reinvention as the stoic hard man of Hollywood cinema continues in Scott Frank’s “A Walk among the Tombstones”.
Based on a novel by Lawrence Block, A Walk Among The Tombstones stars Liam Neeson as former police officer Matthew Scudder.
Scudder earns a living as an unlicensed private detective after quitting the force following a particularly harrowing incident.
His latest job is to track down the perpetrators of a kidnap and murder. But Scudder soon discovers that the miscreants are repeat offenders who target the loved ones of drug dealers and crime bosses, then fail to release the victims once a ransom has been paid.
The film has been praised by critics for offering what Glenn Kenny calls “a substantial meal” that is not all “all bang-bang and chop-chop.”
Neeson gets to revel in a role with some depth yet he retains the same fearless ruthlessness that he displays so effectively in the Taken series. But A Walk Among The Tombstones is so much darker, grittier and more gripping--as Kenny puts it, watching the film “is likely to cause dropped jaws and possibly detached movie theater armrests.”
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