‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’ Trailer: Liam Neeson Enters Dark Territory

Published 11 months ago by , Updated May 30th, 2014 at 10:06 am,

In recent years, moviegoers have become accustomed to seeing Liam Neeson toting a gun, delivering intimidating dialogue and taking out bad guys. So it should come as no surprise that the Irish actor is up to his usual business once again in the adaptation of Lawrence Block’s crime novel A Walk Among the Tombstones.

However, compared to the Taken franchise or Non-Stop, Neeson seems to be entering an even sicker and more twisted world in this thriller directed by Scott Frank. Take a look for yourself by checking out the film’s debut trailer above.

Centering on a troubled private investigator named Matthew Scudder, the trailer suggests that the film will take some dark twists and turns as Scudder attempts to unravel a series of brutal murders he believes are tied to a group of men he was assigned to track down.

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Here’s a more detailed and official synopsis for the upcoming thriller:

“Based on Lawrence Block’s bestselling series of mystery novels, ‘A Walk among the Tombstones’ stars Liam Neeson as Matt Scudder, an ex-NYPD cop who now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law. When Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) hunt down the men who kidnapped and then brutally murdered his wife, the PI learns that this is not the first time these men have committed this sort of twisted crime…nor will it be the last. Blurring the lines between right and wrong, Scudder races to track the deviants through the backstreets of New York City before they kill again.”

Here, we see Neeson trading in his recently earned action star status for perhaps a more well-rounded role as an emotionally damaged ex-cop out for justice. Yes, it’s a character we’ve seen before in the gritty crime genre (we even saw the same exact character in 8 Million Ways to Die played by Jeff Bridges), but as always, Neeson appears to be lending the part the necessary gravitas and presence to make it believable and his own.

As for Frank, A Walk Among the Tombstones marks just his second feature as a director, but the longtime Hollywood scribe (Out of Sight, Minority Report) appears to have created an appropriately ominous aesthetic and some disturbing imagery. The trailer’s music selection – a hauntingly beautiful cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” – adds nicely to the clip’s overall dark tone, too.

Along with Neeson, the film stars Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), Boyd Holbrook (Milk) and Sebastian Roché (The Originals).

A Walk Among the Tombstones hits theaters on September 19th, 2014.

Source: Universal

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  1. That was surprisingly good and felt real dark. I hope the movie lives up to that trailer. This also looks more like The Grey Liam Neeson as opposed to Unknown Liam Neeson, in other words engaged and intense as all hell as opposed to sleep walking. This also makes me want to check out The Lookout, the director’s first and only other movie. I remember liking it but thinking it felt like a Memento rip-off. I don’t think that’s fair though and I remember loving JGL and Jeff Daniels in it and visually it was awesome, especially the way a car accident that sets the whole movie in motion was filmed.

    • Yeah, The Lookout was a great film, i didn’t see it as a Memento rip-off myself, but it definitely had some similar themes. This looks like it’s be another good one for Mr Neeson.

  2. Liam neeson being badass? count me in

  3. Could be intense, or could be boring and dumb. I might give it a Netflix peek…

    • Another Goldilocks comment, another Netflix plug.

    • What is with all the Netflix shills (on this website and others). (Nothing personal.)

      Unless “Netflix” is generic for non-cinema-house-media like “Xerox” is generic for photocopier machines.

      Otherwise, I find any posting with the word “Netflix” to be a useless shill.

  4. It’s actually spelled Liam Neesons.

    • actually it’s Neeson lol FACEPALM lol

      • clearly you didn’t get the Key & Peele reference.

  5. I miss Soundgarden. Their live shows were always awesome.
    Last I heard they’ve reunited and had a new album

    • I wasn’t sure about it until the singer said “black hole sun”. I gotta find this remix.

    • They’re touring with NIN this summer.

  6. Funny how he played now with a 2nd downtown abbey actor (after michelle dockery)

  7. Oh snap! We get to see Liam Neeson kicking ass again!

  8. It looks good. The haunting slow cover of Black Hole Sun by Nouela fits perfectly.

    • +1

  9. Im afraid they might have showed some of the best moments during the trailer already.

    • I agree with you Vanguard. The scene of the man jumping off the roof seems like it would be a far more effective scene if we didn’t know it was already coming.

  10. Spookyyyyyyy

    Liam Neesons would be good as the wisened voice of dark films. I liked him in The Haunting.

  11. Liam Neeson is A Royal Prince of film & The King of Intelligent Badassery.

    Though I really like all that I’m seeing of the upcoming Equalizer flick w Denzel Washington, I always thought Neeson was the natural go-to choice for the part.

  12. Charlie Jade: The Early Years

  13. I just saw this movie. I liked it. (I’ll probably have to cut & paste when the actual review page comes out. My favorite cinema always shows the movies a day early; I don’t know why)

    It had a good storyline and the camera visuals were good.

    The suspense and drama had the feeling of a an old-time damaged-but-caring Clint Eastwood vs. wierdo bad guy movie.

    The stereotyped characters helped propel the storyline rather than be flat characters: the street boy with a heart of gold, the mafia guy in track suit gold chains & slippers, the innocent schoolgirl, et al.

    I have to compare it to Pierce Brosnan in The November Man. This movie has an easier, less confusing storyline, and it has not so much car crashes and explosions as it has chills and suspense. I would see this movie before the other.

    I say this as a casual movie goer. I never read the book and I don’t know much about the actors or their previous movies.