Unlicensed private investigator/ former cop Matthew
(Liam Nesson) is hired by a drug dealer (Dan Stevens) to find the men who
abducted and killed his wife. Scudder
finds the killers have done this before and will do it again as he continues to
battle with his own past demons as an alcoholic and former NYPD cop.
A WALK AMONG THE
TOMBSTONES is a classic noir thriller as Nesson plays Scudder in a way that
will be remembered among the performances of Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade and
Phillip Marlowe. It is a gritty
detective thriller set against the time of 1999 New York
City (and I do chuckle when I see all of the Y2K fears
seen in the background). Scudder is the
detective who does investigating the old fashioned way where he looks through
old microfiche while his homeless teenage protégé TJ is used to using the
internet to search the newspapers. He
schools TJ in the ways of the world while watching out for him like the son
Scudder never had. I hope I see Nesson
back as Scudder soon since there are another fifteen novels (by Lawrence Block)
to chose from and A WALK AMONG THE
TOMBSTONES is loosely adapted from the tenth novel of the same name. If you’re
expecting another TAKEN, this movie
will surprise you with a role where a detective is using a different set of
skills (to detect and find people) and not another certain type of skills
(which can kill you). This movie is the
type of movie you used to see more often in other decades like the 1940s and
1970s and 1980s. Also it is nice to see
Liam Nesson being a working class hero instead of the action star roles that
have given a second life to his acting career during the last few years. Go
buy or rent A WALK
BEOFRE THE TOMBSTONES so Universal Pictures clearly hears that we want another
Matthew Scudder movie starring Liam Nesson.
A LOOK BEHIND THE
TOMBSTONES- a behind-the-scenes promotional featurette that has interviews with
the cast, screenwriter/ director Scott Frank, and the producers. They remark
they couldn’t imagine anyone else
other than Liam nesson playing Matthew Scudder.
MATT SCUDDER: PRIVATE EYE
(Blu-ray only)- Lawrence Block (author of the Matthew Scudder novels), Liam
Nesson, Scott Frank, and the producers talk about the character of Matthew
Scudder and the moral ambiguity of the characters in Matt’s world of a private
detective (and how long it took for the movie to be made and why they chose the
novel of the same name to be the first movie).
Previews that play before the main menu includes
KING 4, DRAGONHEART 3, THE GUEST, THA MAN
WITH THE IRON FISTS 2, and DOMINION season 1.
Also included in this combo pack is the movie
definition on DVD and a code to download and
stream a digital HD Ultraviolet copy of the movie.
AMONG THE TOMBSTONES is one of the best movies to star Liam Nesson and this
gritty P.I. tale deserves to be watched.
I hope they get a chance to adapt another Matthew Scudder novel because
I want to see Liam play this character again.
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