Movie Review: A Walk Among the Tombstones
Ex-NYPD cop Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson) now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law.
Down on his luck and battling an addiction to booze, he reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) hunt down the men who kidnapped and then brutally murdered his wife. So far, so predictable, but there’s an even more twisted scenario to come.
Scudder learns the men have committed similarly gruesome crimes in the past, and that they may just be the most twisted crooks he’s encountered in his career. Worse, the brutal killing is unlikely to be the last, and as a bent cop, he can’t call on his old colleagues for support.
The film is set in a rundown district of pre-millennial New York, and the locations – graffiti-clad car parks, crumbling tenements, imposing brownstones and dingy basements, add a great deal of atmosphere. While the cast, particularly Neeson, deliver restrained performances, one can't help cringeing at some of the dialogue, no matter how deft the delivery. The addition of a teenage sidekick is also a bit naff.
Yet, for all its clichés, laboured script and plot twists you'll spot a mile off, A Walk Among the Tombstonesc ontains enough cliffhangers to keep the average viewer on the edge of their seats.