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A Walk Among The Tombstones is Dark and Suspenseful [Review]

Liam neeson in A walk among the tombstones directed by scott frank.
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Directed by Scott Frank, A Walk among the Tombstones is based on the novel of the same name by Lawrence Block.

We first see former NYPD detective Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson- Taken) in the early 1990’s where he clumsily takes down three crooks in New York City. Fast forward to 1999, and he’s retired, sober and scarred by the tragic outcome of that frenzied shootout. Working as an unlicensed private investigator, Scudder is employed by nefarious businessman Kenny Kristo (Dan Stevens- The Guest) to unravel the events leading up to the abduction of the wealthy criminal’s wife. With the aid of young, tech-savvy rebel TJ (Brian “Astro” Bradley- Earth to Echo), the weathered bloodhound gradually follows the cunning tracks of two alarming killers.

The killers Ray (David Harbour of End of Watch), and Albert (Adam David Thompson of +1) make for incredibly creepy villains, mirthfully indulging in the rape of young girls and innocent wives. They videotape their horror and ask for substantial ransom from the respective families of the victims.

Some may find the pacing of A Walk among the Tombstone slightly slow but it does pick up as we get into the third act when the daughter of yet another drug dealer is taken. Scudder communicates directly with the bad guys and sets the terms of the exchange to try ensure that this time around, they don’t kill the girl. Things become a series of action-style gunplay and bloody violence but it does give somewhat of a solid conclusion.

Liam Neeson was a great choice for the lead. While the trailer might give the impression, and the audiences might be expecting it, this is not another Taken. Neeson’s character, Scudder, is a broken and defeated man who is literally living out the consequences of his former choices, or lack thereof, by etching out a meagre existence on the margins of society as an unlicensed private investigator. He works for “favors”, not a paycheck.

A Walk among the Tombstones is grim and dark throughout and while the mystery portion isn’t all that original, a good cast, fitting music, and effectual suspense make it a decent movie to watch.


Title: A Walk among the Tombstones


Director: Scott Frank
Writer(s): Scott Frank, Lawrence Block
Stars: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour
Year: 2014
Studio/ Production Co: 1984 Private Defense Contractors, Cross Creek Pictures, Da Vinci Media Ventures
Budget: $28,000,000 (estimated)
Language: English
Length: 114mins
Sub-Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Written by Nicola Odeku
Nicola Odeku is the co-founder of Wicked Horror. After managing a fashion and lifestyle magazine, in addition to writing her own published relationship articles, Nicola set up team with Arturo and followed her genuine love for horror. Also known as Miss Horror, Nicola is a big fan of hardcore gore, anything demonic, and disturbing cinema. Also cats. She looooves cats. Nicola enjoys traveling, sitting on a beach and eating cake.
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