New Liam Neeson thriller leaves audience asking questions


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Promotional image created for Liam Neeson’s newest film “Walk Among the Tombstones,” based upon a novel of the same name, in theaters now.

Liam Neeson has become one of the faces of thriller and suspense films, based on the roles he’s been taking in recent years, and his latest film helps perpetuate that.

“A Walk Among The Tombstones,” released on Sept. 19 and based on a book of the same name, stars Neeson as a private investigator named Matthew Scudder who tries to solve a mystery involving the wives of drug dealers being kidnapped and murdered by two men. Along the way, he gets help from a street kid named T.J., played by Brian “Astro” Bradley, who is a whiz with computers and other forms of technology that the protagonist is unfamiliar with.

Scudder, as mentioned before, is a P.I. but also a former cop. He helps the widowed husband of one of the victims, who deals in drug-trafficking, only to find that the duo are involved in the kidnappings.

Despite being advertised as an action and mystery thriller, the movie is really more of a gritty crime thriller with a touch of mystery elements.

Unlike the “Taken” movie series and “Nonstop,” which came out earlier this year, this movie really has little action in it and focuses more on Neeson’s character’s investigative work to solve the cases.

There was a bit towards the end that was almost like an action sequence with some gun-play involved, but that was it.

The story itself was actually compelling. There were a lot of scenes that were interesting enough to want to know what happens next.

At some point, the duo abducts a girl and it was thrilling enough to want to see what happens, whether they would hurt her or not.

The lighting of the movie set the overall noir-like tone. It was dark for many of the sequences, fitting the darker feel of the film as there were scenes that were disturbing, including one where the body parts of a victim were found.

Since the film took place in 1999, there was very little cell phone usage among the characters. One character had a cell phone but it seemed like he was the only one who had one, while others were in scenes that involved the use of payphones or landline phones.

There were some flaws in this film though. Nobody finds out the motives of the kidnappers and why they went so far as to kidnap these women and torture them. It was shown that they were crazy and had this disturbing aura about them, but their reasons for their actions were never really mentioned.

Overall, this movie is a stylish and compelling thriller that has a good story. It’s not an action film like how the trailers depicted it, but it’s still a good thriller.