Sad cop vs. really bad guys

September 19, 2014 7:05 AM

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Sad cop vs. really bad guys

Liam Neeson doesn't do the impossible in A Walk Among the Tombstones. No fending off hordes of Albanian sex-traffickers, no rooftop chases around Istanbul, no life-saving heroics 40,000 feet in the air. In fact, in this moodily suspenseful, seriously grisly adaptation of the Lawrence Block mystery, Neeson's Matthew Scudder - an ex-cop private eye with an AA medallion commemorating eight years of sobriety - can barely keep up with the bad guys.

And they are truly bad: a creepy duo who have kidnapped a drug-dealer's wife, extorted $400,000 ransom, then killed the beautiful missus anyway, leaving her body parts in the trunk of an abandoned car.

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