A Walk Among the Tombstones by Scott Frank has a Taken feel to it. Except this time, the person taken is someone else besides who Liam Neeson plays as Matt Scudder – a gruff ex-cop with a particular set of skills.
A Walk Among the Tombstones features private investigator / ex-cop who made a mistake Matthew Scudder (Liam Neeson) working for a drug lord who found out that his wife was kidnapped and subsequently murdered brutally by some criminals. He wants the investigator to find them and bring them to him for his own form of punishment. The storyline is intense and constantly engaging, with no expectations as to what happens next. What does end up happening with the storyline, however, is it ends up becoming muddled with the performances by the two captors. Ray (David Harbour) makes a creepy performance but his character and the fact that the captors are so involved in the film’s scenes makes it rather mediocre over time. Liam Neeson’s performance is engaging, and we would rather have the storyline pacing be more mysterious and retain his detective-like inspection and interviewing of witnesses constant to figure out what happened as opposed to some vivid flashbacks.
A Walk Among the Tombstones is a decent detective flick that is sure to entice viewers for part of the time, but a majority of it is left feeling unfinished. The role played by the little boy who follows the detective around is utterly useless and quite possibly the most boring of the entire film. Either way, people should not hesitate too much to see A Walk Among the Tombstones as nothing else is really out right now that is probably better.
Rating: 2.5/5 stars