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By Sophia Whitfield
A Walk Among The Tombstones follows the popular vigilante themes featured in the latest films to be released. A common thread is men carrying out acts of justice after women have been appallingly abused.

Based on Lawrence Block’s best-selling 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 outside the law. Neeson’s imposing presence on screen paired with his calm persona has perhaps helped him to carve out a career for himself as a slayer of injustice.

The film opens with Scudder sitting in a cafe when two men walk in and shoot the owner. Scudder hunts down the perpetrators, killing them, but his actions lead to the loss of his job at the NYPD. Now an investigator for hire he goes where the money takes him.

At an AA meeting Scudder is approached by Peter Kristo (Boyd Holbrook) who pleads with him to assist his brother. Scudder declines at first but then agrees to help heroin trafficker Kenny Kristo (Dan Stevens) seek vengeance for the kidnapping and brutal murder of his wife. It is a slightly different role for Stevens from the Matthew Crawley of Downton Abbey.

It soon becomes apparent that the men responsible for killing Kristo’s wife have committed this crime before and will continue to do so. Time is of the essence as Scudder tracks down those responsible through the back streets of a bleak New York before they kill again.

But Scudder is not alone in his quest for redemption. A brief meeting at a library with homeless teenager TJ (Brian “Astro” Bradley) turns into an unexpected partnership with TJ acting as Scudder's junior detective. TJ adds humour to the film and some light relief from the violence.

A Walk Among The Tombstones is released in Australian cinemas tomorrow.

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