Thanks to Roadshow Films, we had the chance to see Scott Frank’s A Walk Among The Tombstones. This is our review of the film, but as usual, no matter what we say, we recommend you to go to your local cinema and watch the film, because there is no better critic than yourself!
Based on Lawrence Block’s crime thriller novel, A Walk Among The Tombstones follows former police officer, Matthew Scudder (Liam Neeson), who is involved in an unfortunate accident as a consequence of his drinking habit while attempting to stop some thieves; he then decides to clean himself up and become an unlicensed private investigator.
Scudder’s investigative skills are up for a major challenge when a drug dealer (Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens) hires him to track down the people behind the kidnapping and sadistic murder of his wife, a task that will force the former cop to face a horrific truth
A Walk Among The Tombstones follows the style of films, such as 1999’s 8mm, where a simple job leads to the unveiling of a much bigger shocking truth, reminding viewers how terrifying some of their fellow humans can be.
The film is mostly carried by the always impressive Liam Neeson, who, on this occasion, left his “particular set of skills” at home in order to portray a move vulnerable character, who only reveals certain aspects of himself at very specific moments. This is something that Neeson delivers perfectly, and with a sense of futility, which he uses as a tool of self-preservation.
The secondary characters, on the other hand, just serve as a small relief from the intensity of Neeson’s performance, which, at some stages, result in the film feeling slower than it should. Arrogant smart-ass homeless kid, TJ, (played by Brian ‘Astro’ Bradley) in particular, annoys Scudder when he attempts to become a private eye like him. TJ also occasionally seems to challenge Scudder’s role as protagonist, which may confuse viewers somewhat.
Overall, A Walk Among The Tombstones is a decent crime thriller, with a solid lead performance by Liam Neeson, and which manages to keep viewers on the edge of their seats for most of the time; however, the slow narrative and reveal of the main mystery behind the kidnapping halfway through the film, diminishes the final product by making it extremely predictable.
A Walk Among The Tombstones is now showing in Australian cinemas