Thursday, 16 October 2014

A Walk Among The Tombstones

WRITTEN BY: Scott Frank
DIRECTED BY: Scott Frank
STARRING: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour, Adam David Thompson, Brian 'Astro' Bradley
RATING: 3 stars

At what point do audiences get bored of watching Liam Neeson in the same kind of role? He pumps them out so regularly that it can be a little overwhelming. There is no doubt, however, that he is very good at playing the heroic tough guy and A Walk Among The Tombstones is another decent action film for him. Adapted from Lawrence Block's novel, A Walk Among The Tombstones is a little too long and drawn out, particularly during the final act, but the film delivers some good suspense and creepy characters.

Matt Scudder (Neeson) is a former alcoholic policeman who now works as an unlicensed private detective. He is asked by a drug dealer (Dan Stevens) to find the men who kidnapped his wife and murdered her despite receiving the ransom money. Scudder initially refuses to take on the case but when the man reveals more about his wife's kidnapping and murder, Scudder starts to dig into the case. He soon learns that the men he is looking for have done this before and will do it again.

Neeson's character seems to be searching for redemption and he is a fairly complicated man who is well portrayed by the actor. David Harbour and Adam David Thompson play the villains and they are quite scary and slimy. It is just a shame we do not learn more about them and their debauchery. Brian 'Astro' Bradley provides some laughs as a homeless teenager who befriends Scudder, but their relationship feels forced.

Writer/director Scott Frank has done an adequate job with A Walk Among The Tombstones, but it feels a little too methodical.




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