“A Walk Among the Tombstones“
Star Liam Neeson is cast as a retired detective and recovering alcoholic turned unlicensed private investigator who finds himself involved in a deeply disturbing twist of events.
Release Date: Friday September 19th, 2014
Total Run Time: 113 Minutes
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, language and brief nudity
Many of us have come to know and love Liam Neeson for all of the wonderful Liam Neesony (see what I did there?!) things that Liam Neeson likes to do in his movies. Amos Barshod over at Grantland.com says it best when describing the roles Neeson tends to play: “Liam Neeson Kills Everybody” (or maybe just the bad guys). From “Taken” to “Non-Stop” to “Unknown”, he’s really done a phenomenal job at building his brand (or become type cast, I’m not sure which). Does his latest film, “A Walk Among The Tombstones”, which hit theaters on Friday, fall in line with the Liam Neeson brand?! Sort of…
Neeson plays Matt Scudder, a retired New York Police Department detective who works as an unlicensed private investigator. Haunted by events of the past, Scudder looks for redemption by taking on cases that no one else will. “A Walk Among The Tombstones” centers around one such case where Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin dealer hunt down the people who kidnapped and murdered his wife.
Moviegoers, particularly those who hit the theaters to see Liam Neeson go all Liam Neesony on the big screen might be slightly disappointed at the pace and overall mood of this film. Though Neeson does kick butt and take names throughout the film, his primary goal (because he is, first and foremost, a detective) involves more sleuthing than stunts.
“A Walk Among The Tombstones” (based on a book of the same name) is very well done but it’s certainly not a very fun or pleasant film to watch. It’s gravely serious at all times with content that is very dark and exceptionally disturbing. It’s the type of film that engrosses you completely- where you’re practically beginning to know the final outcome throughout the film. Although it’s not the type of movie that audiences need (or will likely want) to see more than once, it definitely holds your attention the first time you see it.
On the It’s An Ordinary Blog movie review scale from 1-10 where one is the worst, five is the best, and ten is the worst again, I give “A Walk Among The Tombstones” a 6.53439843 with an emoticon based sub-ranking of: “Excuse me while I go hide under the covers with a flashlight.”