A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES | MOVIE REVIEW

Liam Neeson just doesn’t need to bother with challenging himself anymore. Give the guy a gun, make him moody but a pro at killing and let him loose. The people will flock. This is not another TAKEN movie although that is coming soon. This is A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES. Private Eye shoot everything up movie that has lots of guns and death and Liam Neeson – HELL YEAH I AM IN!! Kernel Kerryn Williams hit this one up for a reviewing and apologies for the delay, Kerryn is breaking into Hollywood at the moment and will soon have his own name on top of posters, but the life of a movie person is all over the place and some delays ensued.  A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES is out now at all commercial cinemas, it is released from Roadshow Films, is rated MA15+ and runs for 114mins. Enjoy Kerryn’s review below….all the best….JK.

 

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REVIEW BY KERRYN WILLIAMS

Never – is a pretty assertive and authoritative word that is unbending in its meaning, like I will never meet John Lennon. So once again I get to use that word in all its unwavering power and glory by justly saying I will never get sick and tired of Liam Neeson with a jacket, a gun and 114 minutes of kicking arse. Roadshow thank you once again for bestowing upon audiences this magic formula that I only wish (as does he) Liam Neeson had started earlier in his career, now that he’s pushing sixty-two.

Neeson (this time round) takes on the persona of crime novelist Lawrence Block’s Matt Scudder, a retired NYPD detective, who has since moved onto unlicensed private investigations. The film sets out in the 90’s when Scudder is at his lowest in life, an alcoholic sitting in a bar hiding from the world as it bares down on his shoulders. The bar gets held up and semi drunk Scudder gives chase in a flurry of gun fire that shatters the silence of the auditorium. The washed out stark contrast cinematography immediately sets the tone for the next couple of hours where filmmaker Scott Frank (GET SHORTY, OUT OF SIGHT) lends some grit.

 

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The aftermath of the pursuit allows the audience to discover that Matt’s alcoholism has affected his ability and judgement; a small group of people stand gathered near the bar where the chase first began and a mother holds her dear child dead from a stray shot. Scudder is devastated and soon we skip forward to 1999.

Disciplined and taut, a more experienced Scudder sits in a diner about to have a meal when a man comes into the booth and sits. He listens to the plea from the man, brother to Kenny Kristo (Dan Stevens), a high class drug trafficker whose wife has been kidnapped for ransom. Matt reluctantly agrees and meets with Kenny who paid $400,000 in ransom money only to have his wife returned to him in pieces. This is where things start to thicken and Scudder’s interest grows after he learns that the killers, Albert (David Harbour) and Ray (Adam David Thompson), have now abducted the young daughter (Danielle Rose Russell) of a Russian drug lord (Sebastian Roché).

 

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Scudder’s job: negotiate to get the girl back alive and true to his form Neeson is back on the phone delivering a message of vengeance. The pace is well crafted and it keeps you intrigued at every turn trying to guess who is going to pay for their nasty deeds. Strangely enough there is some levity in the way of Matt Scudder befriending a homeless boy portrayed by X-factor starlet Astro, who becomes his unofficial sidekick. Liam Neeson seems to be at home as the loner with a gun and he’s very particular about the work he chooses and it shows. I simply can’t get enough of a rampart vengeful Neeson on a mission and I am happy to report A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES doesn’t disappoint in that category.

Thankfully this film extends itself marginally above the ranks of just another actioner or b-grade thriller and it establishes itself as a gripping variant to the everyday crime piece. The impact of the sparse, but bloody, encounters really hit hard creating a real sense of intensity and grit. The characters feel real and although at times the plot seems a little dusty in the middle of the film there’s enough reality to bring through the situation of the whole piece.

 

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I can easily sit through more of this character over say perhaps a more franchised Jack Reacher and Neeson gives Scudder a real sense of humanity that makes me wonder more about the raw ‘damaged’ characteristics he has pouring onto the screen. I can’t say I’ve read Lawrence Blocks books but I would dare say some interesting stories await, perhaps a background exploration next?

Whilst in the end I can say I was completely settled on this film I certainly felt the impact of these characters and how people can go astray into a distorted difficult world. It definitely separated itself into a much more relevant world and I came out pleasantly surprised.

Brooding and imposing, please give us more of Neeson with just a gun, a jacket and kicking arse!

 

3 and a Half Pops