Liam Neeson has a very particular set of skills. A set of skills that he has acquired over a very long career … to mention a few, they include; playing a Jedi master, the trainer of Batman, almighty Zeus, and the iconic Oskar Schindler, but more recently the role of Bryan Mills in Taken. Which in terms of premise is very similar to ‘A Walk Among The Tombstones’, if not almost an unofficial instalment of the Taken franchise. Based on terms of quality it is among the same leagues, linking both darkness to intensity, resulting in a rather thrilling film.
‘A Walk Among The Tombstones’ follows former NYC cop and private investigator Matthew Scudder, portrayed by Liam Neeson, who is hired by drug dealer Dan Stevens to find his kidnapped wife. Set in the shadowy scape of NYC, it is dark and melodramatic. In fact, if you mix Gone Baby Gone and Taken together then you would probably get this movie, it is entertaining, and even has a phone call moment like Taken, however not as iconic (or as cool).
Based on the Matthew Scudder books (That Liam Neeson admitted to not even reading), a character formerly played by Jeff Bridges in the 1980’s and that Harrison Ford was attached to for a long while before taken over by Neeson. Scudder is an interesting character with quite a deep past, which mixed with work of Academy-Award nominee Scott Frank at the helm of director and screenplay creates something admirable.
Starring Liam Neeson as the lead, he now adds yet another exceptional character to his portfolio of sixty-three feature films. Co-starring Dan Stevens in an equally dark role the drama seems authentic and keeps you induced. Stevens formerly of TV’s Downton Abbey has recently made a transition to film with so far two decent performances. Be sure to check out his film The Guest, also out this week - it is pretty good.
After seeing the film we were fortunate enough to see Liam Neeson come on stage for a Q&A of the film. We won’t go into much detail, but he was very cool and insightful. He stated that he was attracted to the film mainly because of ‘the dark subject matter’ and the 'poetic soul of the character'. Which going by his later performances which are similar seems to be very successful.
Neeson went onto say it that it is quite agonising to watch himself in early films and learn from the poor performances. He then described the process of createing telephone scenes in his movies (it is every bit as interesting as you would think, and more). In closing he also spoke of his love for the Game Of Thrones TV-show, and his upcoming roles in Ted 2 (a cameo) and the motion-capture role of a tree.