US / 114 minutes / color / Cross Creek, Exclusive Media, Endgame, Jersey, Double Feature, Universal Dir & Scr: Scott Frank Pr: Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Brian Oliver, Tobin Armbrust Story: A Walk Among the Tombstones (1992) by Lawrence Block Cine: Mihai Malaimare Jr Cast: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour, Boyd Holbrook, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Mark Consuelos, Adam David Thompson, Sebastian Roché, Laura Birn, Razane Jammal, Danielle Rose Russell, Marielle Heller.
This second big-screen outing for Lawrence Block’s enduringly popular series hero Matt Scudder was far better received than the first, 8 MILLION WAYS TO DIE (1986) dir Stephen J. Roth, with Jeff Bridges as Scudder. I actually quite liked the 1986 movie so long as I could persuade myself to forget it was supposed to be a Scudder outing—easy enough to do, since there were idiotic changes to the canonical version, notably a shift in venue from NYC to California. No such fears here, and apparently Block himself has given Liam Neeson his seal of approval as the screen incarnation of Scudder . . . although he would say that, wouldn’t he?
Back in 1991 Scudder was an NYPD cop. Off-duty and drunk at breakfast time, he shot three armed robbers, two fatally. However, a stray bullet of his struck and killed Continue reading