A Walk among the Tombstones

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A Walk among the Tombstones is a crime, mystery, thriller based on the tenth book in the Matt Skutter series from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. This film begins in 1991 when then New York policeman Matt Scutter (Liam Neeson) stops at a bar for a drink and an innocent girl is shot right in front of him. Jump forward to 1999 and Scutter is a recovered alcoholic and private detective. Local drug trafficker Kenny Kristo (Dan Stevens) asks Scutter to track down the people who kidnapped and murdered his wife. Reluctantly, Scutter takes the case and soon figures out that several drug dealers in the city have had their wives and daughters kidnapped for ransom and then killed. When Skutter meets a homeless teenager named T.J. (Brian Bradley) in a library they team up to find the killers. (It wasn’t Scutters idea to have a smart-mouth kid follow him around.) As Scutter begins to close in on the killers Ray (David Harbour) and Albert (Adam David Thompson) they turn on him and he has to fight for his life. This reminds me of one of those old dark gritty cop films from the 70’s and 80’s that are full of tension. (Okay maybe not that full.) Lawrence Block wrote 17 books in the Matt Scutter series and I’m sure they were better than the movie. Now I’m not taking anything away from the film, but the characters were only marginally developed which makes it hard for the viewer (or listener in my case) to really care about the people in the story. I enjoyed the film while I was watching it, but I don’t think I’ll be thinking of it much in the future so I’m giving it a B- rating.

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA