PEOPLE ARE AFRAID OF ALL THE WRONG THINGS.
Private eye Matthew Scudder (Liam Neeson) is hired to look into who might have kidnapped and murdered the wife of a drug dealer; he discovers a pattern. Lawrence Block’s character first appeared onscreen in 8 Million Ways to Die (1986), but this is a more serious attempt, an grim tale of two psychopathic murderers being hunted by a sober alcoholic who quit the force after a horrible mistake. Neeson is an excellent choice to play Scudder, tormented but likable; his budding mentor relationship with young Brian Bradley gives this otherwise hardboiled crime thriller a bit of charm. Contrived near the end, but a good yarn.
2014-U.S. 114 min. Color. Widescreen. Written and directed by Scott Frank. Novel: Lawrence Block. Cast: Liam Neeson (Matthew Scudder), Dan Stevens (Kenny Kristo), Boyd Holbrook (Peter Kristo), Sebastian Roché, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Whitney Able.
Trivia: Co-produced by Danny DeVito. At one point, Harrison Ford was allegedly considered for the lead role.