Mobster and hit man Jimmy Conlon has one night to figure out where his loyalties lie: with his estranged son, Mike, whose life is in danger, or his longtime best friend, mob boss Shawn Maguire, who wants Mike to pay for the death of his own son.
Ex-government operative Bryan Mills is accused of a ruthless murder he never committed or witnessed. As he is tracked and pursued, Mills brings out his particular set of skills to find the true killer and clear his name.
Matt Scudder is a former cop now a private eye. He is asked by a drug dealer to find the men who kidnapped his wife. It seems like they killed her even after he paid them. Scudder refuses. But the man later goes to see him and tells him how his wife was killed. Scudder takes the job. He does some research and thinks the men he is looking for have done this more than once. And that everyone they grabbed is connected to a drug dealer. He was about to give up when they grab another girl and Scudder tries make sure she's returned alive. Written by
In the book, the names of the brothers were Kenan and Peter Khoury, and were of Lebanese descent. The names were changed in the movie to match the more American characters, to Kenny and Peter Kristo. See more »
During the fight in the basement, the table starts to break before they fully hit it, making it obvious that the table wasn't "real", also Scudder picks up the table leg and it is obviously cut straight across rather then jagged like a break would be. See more »
You need some help, man.
I don't care. You want to mess up your own shit - but you're going to mess up mine, too. I need to know you got my back. Not that you're going to come falling through the door behind me...
Don't worry your pretty little spic head off.
Anyway. That was all I wanted to say.
Is that it? Fuck you!
[gets out of the car]
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In this picture, Liam Neeson steps away from action pictures and into the neo-noir world of "A Walk Among the Tombstones" (2014). The result is a solid and more than satisfying private detective story. He plays Matthew Scudder, the private eye of Lawrence Block's mystery stories. The locations are Brooklyn, Queens and other parts of the city of New York. Along the way, he makes the acquaintance of a young black kid (Brian Bradley) who lives in the streets and who sees Neeson as a hero private eye. Bradley even mentions Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, placing us squarely in the genre.
Kidnappers have targeted the wives of drug dealers, but these sickos are torturing their victims before chopping them up. Neeson reluctantly accepts the task of tracking them down.
Neeson makes a perfect recovering alcoholic and ex-cop. Neeson captures the screen and our attention with the best of any generation of movie actors. The direction of Scott Frank, who also wrote the screenplay, is skilled and effective without being flamboyant. He creates the noir milieu. His supporting cast likewise create a set of denizens of that world, updated to our time and place. The story is set in 1999, with an opening sequence in 1991.
Apart from that mention of earlier movie private eyes, this film is not self-conscious. It takes us right into its world.
Certainly recommended to all noir devotees.
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