Thanks to Key & Peele, even bad Liam Neeson action films have taken on the feel of an event. With each new Neeson film, the world is blessed with a new Key & Peele sketch, featuring two hotel valets who refer to Neesons as “their s–t.” The sketches are wildly popular, so much that Liam Neeson should legally change his name to ‘Liam Neesons’. With Neeson’s latest, A Walk Among the Tombstones, the valet guys have reason to be very excited.
Based on Lawrence Block‘s novel, Tombstones finds Neeson playing private investigator Matthew Scudder, who’s hired by a drug kingpin (Dan Stevens, of Downtown Abbey fame) to find out who kidnapped and killed his wife. But seriously, the plot doesn’t matter. The whole thing is essentially an excuse for Neeson to beat up assorted bad guys. The catch, though, is this time Neeson has Scott Frank as Writer/Director.
Frank, the screenwriter of Minority Report and Out of Sight, is a top-notch writer, and also a pretty good director, as anyone who saw the Joseph Gordon-Levitt starrer The Lookout can attest. Frank’s involvement means Tombstones has a chance to be a cut above similar throwaway Neeson films like Taken 2 or Unknown. The trailer, complete with a creepy cover of Soundgarden‘s Black Hole Sun, hints that this isn’t your typical Neeson action film.
Regardless of how A Walk Among the Tombstones turns out, a new Liam Neeson movie is a win-win, thanks to the fact that there will probably be a new Neesons sketch on Key & Peele to celebrate the Sept. 19 release.