A Walk Among the Tombstones (movie review)
A Walk Among the Tombstones stars Liam Neeson… and other actors that are completely overshadowed by the big dog (including Matthew from Downton Abbey). Look, I tried to get ya’ll in and out of here quickly with today’s Movie Review, but I sorta failed. Now that I think about it, that’s a good analogy for this movie.
This isn’t exactly a Taken movie, but it does star Liam Neeson and it is about kidnapping, so you don’t exactly need an abacus to understand why they cast him in this flick. A Walk Among the Tombstones is a predictable, standard crime drama, but that doesn’t mean it has no value. It has some value. I wouldn’t say no value – some.
Liam Neeson is awesome in this movie because Liam Neeson is awesome. If you don’t agree with that statement, there is no reason for you to watch this movie… Well, it is beautiful photographed, so if that’s your thing, there is that, but even though the camera’s performance is great, the visuals get kinda static; I feel like about seventy percent of the scenes in this script start out, “Exterior: a city street at night. It is raining… or not. Your call.”
Liam Neeson’s character does invite the two bad guys in the film to “Take your Burt and Ernie act to the west coast,” which I guess was supposed to be a gay slur, but I don’t think the two bad guys were gay… they were barely human, so there’s that factor, too… I dunno. I guess I’m saying Liam Neeson’s character has a problem with the gays, which tells you something about the character… again, I dunno. I thought it was worth mentioning. It’s a funny moment, but in a funked up way.
Speaking of funked up, there are some funked up images in this movie. If you’re sensitive about violence, blood and stuff that is generally funked up, you may want to skip this flick.
As another aside, this movie is obsessed with Y2K. I have no idea why… I guess there’s a need to hammer home the point that this movie takes place in 1999. Why that’s important (besides the fact that cell phones wouldn’t be prevalent the way they are now), I’m not sure… I guess maybe the movie is trying to tell us something about the state of reality at the time, or draw a parallel between Y2K and… something. Or, maybe it was the easiest way to fit the kid into the story – so he could help Liam Neeson with these new fangled computers with the internet and the what not.
While it’s not worth going out of your way to see A Walk Among the Tombstones, there are certainly crappier movies out there to see. (Basically, anything that makes its debut during the month of January.) For a movie with underdeveloped bad guys who have no motivation (Other than being insane… and I guess money? I guess.) and a anti-hero protagonist that you probably wouldn’t care about if he wasn’t played with precision by Liam Neeson, this is a decent movie. I’m giving it a 7 out of 10, but I can’t imagine I’d ever watch it a second time.
(Oh, and an interesting cover of “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden plays over the credits – it’s worth a listen.)