Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Walk Among the Tombstones Movie Review

Liam Neeson stars in A Walk Among the Tombstones

12 Steps to Repentance

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Based on Lawrence Block's bestselling series of mystery novels, A Walk Among the Tombstones stars Liam Neeson as Matt Scudder, an ex-NYPD cop who now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law. When Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) hunt down the men who kidnapped and then brutally murdered his wife, the PI learns that this is not the first time these men have committed this sort of twisted crime... nor will it be the last. Blurring the lines between right and wrong, Scudder races to track the deviants through the backstreets of New York City before they kill again.

Can Neeson do any wrong? He only gets better with age (62) and he almost single-handedly carries this gritty thriller with soft-spoken badassness. Bad guy Ray (a terrific David Harbour) warns, "People are afraid of all the wrong things," but he obviously didn't count on Scudder. Eight years sober, Scudder bullies his way to the bottom of a series of heinous crimes, with the help of a clever (and sarcastic) 14-year-old runaway (Astro.) He may not be the "partner type," but you need someone like Scudder to tackle this level of sadism. Great thriller; but definitely not for the squeamish.