A Walk Among The Tombstones is the new release this week, which is an American crime thriller adapted from a 1992 novel by Lawrence Block of the same name. The book-to-movie adaptation stars Liam Neeson as Matt Scudder, an ex-NYPD detective who starts working as an unlicensed private investigator, and operates outside the law.
Matt is hired by a drug dealer (Dan Stevens) to find the two men who abducted his wife in New York City and bring them to him. With good production values, the visuals of Scudder's world is impressively captured, with long, sharply composed, static shots by cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr. And the viewing is enhanced by composer Carlos Rafael Rivera's unexpectedly melodic background score.
It is an out-and-out Liam Neeson film and the actor plays the glum ageing ex-cop to near perfection. He is assisted by TJ (Brian "Astro" Bradley), a homeless teenager who aspires to become an investigator one day. Their interaction in the library or on the streets seems strained, forced and obligatory for the script to proceed.
There are no strong female characters in the film.
The movie's trailer reminds us of Taken, one of the best movies of Liam Neeson where he searches his kidnapped daughter. No wonder, A Walk Among The Tombstones is a must watch for Liam fans!
Overall, the elaborate plot with thematic concerns, from alcoholism and gun control to the nature of vengeance and jealousy, are nothing more than window dressing for this detective story.