Felt the noirish/neo-noirish elements from films like Experiment in Terror, Zodiac, and the various classic private eye films of the 40s-50s. It might not be an all-time classic like the films I mentioned, but it's still a high quality noir-thriller, which at times is quite suspenseful and dark. Definitely recommended.
Old-fashioned. Dizzying in its rigid adherence to cliche and illogic if too much thought is expended. I had a good time watching it, though. But who am I? Liam Neeson strikes me as the kind of guy who looks like he's carrying the crushing weight of the past when he's just tying his shoe. We can loathe the system but still plug into our reactionary side by getting our rocks off on this kind of good-ol' rogue law.
Just the sort of cruel and vengeful thriller that jumps my bones, I admit. That's either something that thrills you or turns you off -- but Liam Neeson is truly powerful here as a disgraced cop seeking redemption via horrific circumstances, and some of the cinematography and action on display here is excellent. Moody and effective gumshoe thriller.
I cannot believe the amount of support this is getting. It was painfully unoriginal without a single worthwhile performance other than Neeson. Aside from the spurts of noir detective work and action, this was a bleakly unimpressive movie that squanders the talent it did have access to. Some moments had a wonderfully dark atmosphere, but overall it felt amateur and unfinished. There was no mystery, just reveal.
Scott Frank's grimly beautiful A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES is not only a clever modern take on hardboiled noir (Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe are mentioned several times), but also a tour-de-force of filmmaking. It immerses the viewer into a phantasmagorical New York City where it always rains, women live in perpetual danger, and killers eat cereal before cutting up their poor victims. Immensely entertaining!
Dir Scott Frank, Liam Neeson (this time he's not invincible father, but good), Abnormal serial killer, all wonderful. However, this is DP Mihai Mraimare Jr Show (who shooted Coppola's "Youth Without Youth", PTA's"The Master"). Every single scene is picturesquely desolate and absolutely superb. Ofc, that incredible shots match the hard-boiled atmosphere of movie. SOOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOD
Trash. Atmospheric, moody and angst ridden but trash is trash. The problem is the formulaic scripting and stereotypical characters and casting that make the film feel like a throwback much further than its 99' setting. And the sexual identity of our protagonists....what is this the 80's? Silly and in the end unlikable especially for the downright icky scene involving the fetishistic slow-mo watch of a young girl.
One of the best neo-noirs of the last couple of years. If it weren't for unnecessary and dated visual effects and a poorly written third act, Frank's sophomore effort had the potential to become a cult classic. This highly satisfying crime thriller features striking visuals, an appropriately disturbing plot and one of Liam Neeson's best badass performances.