Monday, 10 November 2014

Entertainment Monday: A Walk Among the Tombstones (Monday 10 November, 2014)

It was my best friend’s birthday a few weeks ago and I decided to treat her to lunch and a movie. I told her she could pick any movie and she chose Liam Neeson’s latest film, A walk among the tombstones. The film is about an ex cop Michael Scudder (Liam Neeson) turned unlicensed private detective who is offered a job from a drug trafficker, Kenny Kristo (Dan Stevens). The job is to find the person who killed Kenny’s wife. She was kidnapped and held for ransom only to be murdered. Later on, he discovers that he is dealing with serial killers.

This movie is not like Taken where everything is fast paced with slick fight scenes. Scudder is an old school detective who investigates by looking at newspaper headlines in the library, going to locations and interviewing witnesses. At the library, he meets a homeless boy named TJ (Brian “Astro” Bradley) who tries to help him in his investigation even though he does not want help. I actually think TJ was a useless character who didn’t really add to the plot.
While the investigation is under way, Scudder finds the time to regularly attend AA meetings as he is a former alcoholic. It was revealed that a tragic accident lead him to quit the police force and become sober. It’s always some death that causes the protagonist to leave the police force in these types of movies. It was a nice change that he became sober instead of a drunk. I was expecting this movie to be a typical action movie, where a guy has a wife and family who get murdered and he’s out for revenge. It was a nice change that Scudder wasn’t out for revenge and he had no family. I think he may have mentioned an ex-wife in the film but only in conversation.
Scudder with TJ
I thought there would be some plot twists in the movie but it’s a straight forward story. The bad guys were menacing enough and I was squeamish over how they killed people. I think people who watch action movies or horror films will find the gore pretty tame though. This movie is not something I would normally watch but I did find it entertaining. I found the plot to be predictable but I was still in suspense whenever Scudder checked out a location or spoke to some witnesses. I was always expecting some bad guy to ambush him.
Kenny Kristo played by Dan Stevens

What I liked about this film was that it showed good old fashioned police work can solve crimes too. There doesn’t have to be a team of experts and fancy technology. I think people who come into the movie thinking it will be like Taken will be a bit disappointed by the slow pace and lack of action. There are no car chases in this movie or big fight sequences. The movie is more of a thriller or a drama. 


  1. Thanks for the review Carlyn. I have not seen Taken or A Walk Among the Tombstones, but I thought that the films would be essentially the same thing when I saw both advertised. It's good to know they are different. It seems like Liam Neeson is becoming somewhat comfortably type-cast into these kinds of man on a mission searching for or hunting down a killer type films.

    Do you know if the movie was based off a book? If it was then perhaps the homeless boy had a more useful role in the story. >.< (?) Or maybe not. I sometimes find that certain movie adaptations struggle to incorporate the ancillary characters with the deftness that an author might.

    1. The movie is based on a book so TJ might be more integral to the story.


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