29 September 2014

Capsule Review: A Walk Among the Tombstones (Scott Frank, USA, 2014


A passion project of Scott Frank’s for over a decade, “A Walk Among the Tombstones” doesn’t emanate enthusiasm on the big screen. Based on a novel by Lawrence Block, the feature puts Liam Neeson through his grisly paces (for the hundredth time since 2008), wasting the actor’s talents on a PI comprised of snarls, a proclivity for booze and maybe even a dark secret or two. Neeson’s tracking a killer who abducts women, hired by Dan Stevens’ (so good in “The Guest”, comatose here) impossibly youthful Brooklyn drug lord. Some plaudits must be reserved for the intricacy of the feature’s plot, but the themes, people and set-pieces which govern the narrative are fairly rote, culminating in a perplexingly unsubtle denouement which bellows the links between Neeson’s AA history and current mission with the refinement of an inebriated warthog. “A Walk Among the Tombstones” is in many ways like a graveyard itself; competently arranged, but dryly repetitive.

A Capsule Review by Daniel Kelly, 2014 

* A fuller review of this film was broadcast on Blast106.4 FM on 27/09/14. 


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