Liam Neeson takes on his now-familiar tough guy role in Scott Frank’s latest thriller ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’.
The Oscar-nominated director based his screenplay on Lawrence Block's best-selling mystery novels starring Matt Scudder, an alcoholic ex-cop-turned unlicensed private investigator.
The movie has a distinctive film noir vibe says Neeson: “There’s some very, very dark elements to the story that I haven’t seen in a movie for a long, long time and I certainly wouldn’t call it an action film as such. I think there’s a very, very slow build-up to reveal these murders and stuff, you know,” he said.
British actor Dan Stevens, best known for his role as the doomed heir on the TV series ‘Downton Abbey’, co-stars alongside Neeson as a heroin trafficker, who hires Scudder to track down his wife’s killers.
Now an established action hero following the popular ‘Taken’ movies, Neeson says it took some work to get into character: “There was a certain amount of research I had to get into. I got access to video stuff on serial killers and the police work that went into tracking these guys was very, very interesting,” said Neeson.
The film has received mixed reviews. While one critic called it 'a thoughtful and engaging hard-boiled winner'
, another described it as 'horrifically, pointlessly violent'.
‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’ is on global release from now.