Honestly, I would watch anything starring Liam Neeson. Even you, Taken 3. A Walk Among The Tombstones follows the story of Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson), an ex-cop who retired after accidentally killing an innocent bystander during a violent shoot out. Now he works as an unlicensed private investigator, doing favours for people who are willing to give something back to him, which is usually just cash. Matt is approached by a man named Kenny (Dan Stevens), who offers him twenty thousand dollars to find the two men who killed his wife and chopped her up into pieces. Matt, reluctant at first, takes up the job, only to discover that this attack isn't over yet.
A Walk Among The Tombstones is a fairly straight forward thriller with very little to offer and very little thrills. Perhaps it's because it's an adaptation of a book that came out over two decades ago, but this film doesn't add anything new to the crime mystery genre. It follows a predictable storyline with a predictable outcome. Although the writing can be decent, the film just isn't anything special. It does have one saving grace though, and that's Liam Neeson. He's really the only thing that makes this film watchable. I've always enjoyed Liam Neeson in films, no matter how idiotic some of his films can get. His performance as Matt Scudder is great, capturing the character's toughness and weaknesses. I'm unfamiliar with the source material, but based off the film he seems like the perfect casting.
The second act drags, but is made up for by the riveting third. After an engaging and occasionally challenging to watch first act, the film takes a halt. It slows down immensely and becomes very convoluted. There's a lot of stuff happening, but nothing that's really noteworthy, nor relevant. It's incredibly boring to watch. Thankfully a certain event happens and the film picks back up again. The film's final half an hour is brutal, intense and gripping to watch, if not completely illogical and over the top. The film never manages to be great, but it somehow frequently manages to be good. Or at least good enough to sit through without wanting to jump off a building, like one character does just as the film begins to get boring. Don't worry, that's not too big a spoiler. The character does little to help elevate the story and you won't guess who it is once they appear on screen.
The film is very dark and gritty, and it's occasionally captured incredibly well. The cinematography in this film can work really well, helping to create the eerie atmosphere of this city. Right from the opening credits I had a suspicion that the cinematography was going to be great, and it definitely is. There's rarely any shaky cam, or at least nothing that's noticeably bad. There's plenty of long, still takes also, making this film appear as if it's actually trying to be an above average crime mystery, despite this not really working out due to its conventional plot.
To sum up, A Walk Among The Tombstones is a fairly straight forward and conventional crime thriller with very little thrills and an incredibly dull second act, but it's dark, gritty, well acted, has a riveting third act and some decent cinematography.