Today I went to the cinema to see a new film which I hadn't heard much about but the trailer looked good so I decided to check it out, this film was A Walk Among The Tombstones. A Walk Among The Tombstones revolves around an unlicensed private detective who is hired by a drug dealer to help find the people that kidnapped and murdered his wife; A Walk Among The Tombstones stars Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, Eric Nelsen and Brian 'Astro' Bradley.
There are quite a few positives to this film, which include: great acting, good story, superb action, good story progression for the majority of the film, there is a lot of intrigue, there are a few tense moments, there are some very disturbing scenes and the film builds a dark and gritty tone well. To expand, I thought that everyone performed well in this film especially Liam Neeson (who actually had to act) and Brian 'Astro' Bradley; the story in this film is really good as it is intriguing, paced well and is just in general a good crime thriller. The few action scenes that there are, are shot very well and are enjoyable; because of the nature of the plot (crime thriller) if the film didn't have intrigue or tense moments it wouldn't be right but thankfully in this case intrigue and tension was built effectively. Certain scenes in this film are quite disturbing like Matthew Scudder's backstory and anything to do with the serial killers (e.g. the murder in the van), this is necessary in this sort of film to make it dark and gritty which was what I was wanting out of this film.
There are also a few negatives to this film, which are: for about a 20 minute patch in the film the story progression slowed, the constant reminders of the year and I wasn't attached to the characters. About 30 minutes into the film the pace slows and not much happens in terms of progress in the investigation however as it was only for 20 minutes or so it didn't make much of a difference to my enjoyment, also the pace it dropped too wasn't so slow that the film was boring. I'm really nit-picking here but it slightly annoyed me how many times we had to be reminded that it was 1999, the time caption at the start would be fine and one mention of Y2K would be a cool nod to remind yourself of the period; however Y2K is mentioned like once every 15 minutes.
Overall I really enjoyed this film as it had some of the fun and charm of a Liam Neeson action film but was darker, had depth and an intriguing story; this makes for a very good crime thriller. So taking all I have said into consideration I rate this film: