Creepy Cool: "A Walk Among
Drama, Mystery. Rated R. 113 minutes.
by Atsushi Nishijima - © 2014 - Universal Pictures
of Liam Neeson and Astro in A Walk Among the Tombstones
I love action movies.
I love a good cop movie. They're therapeutic. My dad was a cop.
A Detroit cop no less. Not some cop in the suburbs who could perch
at the local doughnut shop for half his shift. Not some pencil-pushing,
brown-nosing sycophant who got a promotion every six months, and
took the mayor's suits to the dry cleaners every Thursday. He
finally made it to sergeant after 15 years on the job.
He had a street name.
Ratman. He was a real cop. He was there for the riots in '67,
Liam Neeson plays a
real cop named Matt Scudder, a retired NYPD detective, in “A
Walk Among The Tombstones” to a tee. He kills when
it's time to kill. Just like in The Bible. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.
When it's a time to
heal, he visits his associate, T. J., in the hospital. When it's
time to go to A. A., he does that, too. My dad never did that.
He liked his Bud, but after open heart surgery, he didn't drink
so much. Hardly at all.
Matt Scudder is a smart,
unlicensed private investigator who enters the world of drug traffickers
to unearth the mystery of missing wives who end up dead in grisly
and sordid fashion.
Scudder is strangely
up for the job. Just as surprisingly up for it is T. J., played
by Astro, who is a teenage kid who lives in a homeless shelter.
They are an odd pair at first blush – not exactly Holmes
and Watson; but T. J. is always eager to prove his worth to Scudder
– and does so magnificently every time.
Finally, Scudder has
to confront the evil alone, though; that's how it always is in
a good cop flick. We are each of us ultimately alone in an existential
sense. We all go alone to the next destination when we die. Someday,
I'll meet my dad there.
Matt Scudder must fight
the evil and save the innocent on his own – facing death
head-on with all his inner resources, all his strength, all his
wits, all the luck he's saved up from rabbit's feet and lucky
pennies found face up. And he does it does it like a real man.
That's all you can
ask for in a man. Matt Scudder was a good, jaded cop with a drinking
problem who become a good, jaded private eye who quit drinking.
Amazingly, the prodigious Lawrence Block has written 18 crime
novels starring Scudder. “8 Million Ways to Die”
was turned into a movie with Jeff Bridges in 1982. I hope they
make another one of them into a movie with Liam and Astro in it.
Go see it. It's good.
I could say more, but I don't want to give anything away. It's
powerful stuff. Trust me.
the official movie trailer:
poster credit: Universal Pictures
Walk Among The Tombstones" movie poster