A Walk Among the Tombstones
Matt Scudder is a former cop now a private eye. He is asked by a drug dealer to find the men who kidnapped his wife. It seems like they killed her even after he paid them. Scudder refuses. But the man later goes to see him and tells him how his wife was killed. Scudder takes the job. He does some research and thinks the men he is looking for have done this more than once. And that everyone they grabbed is connected to a drug dealer. He was about to give up when they grab another girl and Scudder tries make sure she’s returned alive.
Plot Keywords: male-objectification / tank-top / man-wearing-a-tank-top / five-word-title / murderer-duo
Taglines: People are afraid of all the wrong things.
Certificate: Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ | Canada:14A (British Columbia) | Finland:K-16 | France:12 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:18 | India:A | Ireland:16 | Japan:G | Mexico:B-15 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Philippines:R-13 | Portugal:M/16 | Russia:16+ | Singapore:NC16 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 | Thailand:18 | United Kingdom:15 | United Kingdom:15 | United States:R
Cast: Liam Neeson , Maurice Compte , Patrick McDade , Luciano Acuna Jr. , Hans Marrero , Laura Birn , David Harbour , Adam David Thompson , Boyd Holbrook , Kim Rosen , Dan Stevens , Eric Nelsen , Jon Goracy , Razane Jammal , Stephanie Andujar , Al Nazemian , Sophia Frank , Susham Bedi , Purva Bedi , Novella Nelson , Marielle Heller , Astro , Frank De Julio , Ólafur Darri Ólafsson , Mark Consuelos , Natia Dune , Genevieve Adams , Liana De Laurent , Sebastian Roché , Danielle Rose Russell , David Anzuelo , Samuel Mercedes , Mike Figueroa , Mike Carlsen , Leon Addison Brown , Damion Lee , Jeremie Harris , Jolly Abraham , Nina Polan , Briana Marin , Arthur Gerunda , Fabrizio Brienza , Dennis Jay Funny , Whitney Able , Chinasa Ogbuagu , Louise G. Colón , Raymond Michael Bell , Paula Blum , Rick Bolander , Roger Brenner , Courtney S. Bunbury , Joseph A. DiPietro , Vince Edgehill , Brad Fleischer , Shawn Gonzalez , Vivian Kalinov , Jeanmarie Lally , Joe Lanza , Greg McFadden , Brian Michael , Gregg Micheals , John Mitchell , Jessie Nagpal , Toshiko Onizawa , Johnny Otto , George Pendill , Annika Peterson , Stephen Sapienza , Leetopher Scott , Nancy Ellen Shore , Marina Squerciati , Alex Ziwak
Company: 1984 Private Defense Contractors
Country: United States
Language: English , Spanish , Urdu , Russian
Released Date: 10 Oct 2014 (Vietnam)
Film Location: Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Runtime: 114 min
Soundmix: Datasat | Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
David Ferguson » Greetings again from the darkness. Welcome to the annual off-season gift from Liam Neeson. Seemingly every year, he provides us with a February or September release that requires his particular set of tough guy skills. This time, he plays Matthew Scudder – of the popular Lawrence Block crime novel series (17 books).
Director Scott Frank (The Lookout) works to create a 1970's feel, although the film opens up as a flashback to 1991, and quickly fast forwards to 1999 NYC. There are no shortage of clichés here, but nothing is over the top; and the bleak, somber, usually rainy setting establishes the tone that fits with "unlicensed" private detective Scudder's preferred method of living and detecting.
Of course, Scudder is a recovering alcoholic and former cop, with a tragic, careless incident on his record and conscience. The film is so ever-bleak, that the moments of humor … though often awkward and out of place … are quite welcome. The only shining light of innocence comes courtesy of a sharp homeless kid named TJ, played by Brian "Astro" Bradley. TJ is a Philip Marlowe wannabe, and quickly assumes the role of Scudder's partner/intern/IT Department.
Bad guys are everywhere. Even the serial killers (David Harbour, Adam David Thompson) target the family members of criminals, so as to minimize the involvement of the proper authorities. As an improper authority, we can't ask for better than Liam Neeson. He works for "favors", not a paycheck.
Other support work comes courtesy of Dan Stephens ("Downton Abbey"), Boyd Holbrook, and creepy cemetery groundskeeper (is there another type?) Olafur Darri Olafsson, who creates yet another memorable character with limited screen time (see "True Detective").
Mr. Neeson gets plenty of telephone action, which plays right into the strength of Taken, and it's pretty amazing how much WALKING he does throughout the story. He looks great walking in his duster, but it seems a bicycle would be more efficient … though admittedly, much less daunting. As a whole, though the movie is probably a bit familiar, it's the little details and the powerful Liam Neeson that makes it a welcome late summer release.
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