man I am officially tired of being asked to sympathize with: Liam Neeson in A Walk Among the Tombstones
also not getting a lot of sympathy from me: men with guns who use violence to solve their problems
My list of men I am officially tired of being asked to sympathize with in movies has grown today, after I received a press release regarding the film A Walk Among the Tombstones, currently scheduled to open in September on both sides of the Atlantic. It included this synopsis of the film:
Formerly a detective with the NYPD, now a recovering alcoholic haunted by regrets,
And I stopped right there. Are they kidding? They’re not kidding.
Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson) has a lot to make up for. When a series of kidnappings targeting the city’s worst drug criminals escalates to grisly murder, the circuit’s ruthless leader convinces Scudder to find the culprits and bring them to bloody justice. Working as an unlicensed private detective, Matt sees what the police don’t see and treads where they most fear to. Operating just outside the law to track down the monsters responsible, Scudder stops just short of becoming one himself.
The IMDb describes the plot thusly:
Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.
Oh, for fuck’s sake, Hollywood, change the goddamn record already.