Monday, September 22, 2014

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

Maybe I should learn to trust my instincts. I had a sneaky feeling that the walk would be more like a crawl. Nevertheless, I decided to take a chance. The cinema hall was packed with anticipation. If you had watched Unknown and Taken, you will understand what I am talking about. His interview published in The Hindu on the movie, only magnified my curiosity. 

Based on the book by Lawrence Block with the same title, it is the story about former NYPD cop and recovering alcoholic, now Private Investigator Matthew Scudder who is hired to trace the killers of a drug dealer's wife.  At the library, he finds an unlikely bond with TJ, a young boy from the shelter who spends time in the library to escape the harshness. The young boy is well read and an excellent artist, initially dark images are sketched and through course of time begins to idolize Matthew. The latter introduces him as his associate and gets him a pair of shoes, jacket and a cell phone. You get the drift right?

The movie was painfully slow. The final scenes showed promise, but did not live up to it. When he finally makes his way back to the apartment bruised and battered, he finds TJ sleeping on his couch and the caricature of a Hero. The End.

What we thought was meant to be a racy thriller ended up as a soppy love story.  SNiff.
The only saving grace was Neeson's performance, delighted the audience with his deep voice and sarcastic humour lighting up the dry gory movie. 

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