Matt Scudder (Neeson) is a former cop turned Private Investigator who is hired by drug dealer Kenny (Stevens) to find out who killed his wife. He has already paid the ransom but they killed his wife anyway. Reluctant to sink further into this underbelly of humanity, Scudder initially refuses the case but reconsiders when another woman goes missing.
Scudder uses Kenny’s somewhat down and out brother Peter (Holbrook) to gain access to various elements of this world and along the way befriends the teenaged Astro, a runaway detective wanna be (of sorts). They forge an unlikely bond that, I think, I was supposed to find some deeper meaning in.
Okay, I’m going to cut right to the chase here. I am finding this review so incredibly difficult to write because this movie was so difficult to watch. It lacked any real female presence yet we see quite a few scenes of disturbing and graphic violence against women. Borderline torture porn, in my opinion.
The motives of the leading men also bother me…. Was Kenny bothered by the loss of his wife or the loss of his money? Was Scudder attempting to save lives or catch crooked cops?
Neeson’s presence is the only bearable thing about this movie and at times I questioned his motives for becoming involved with this production. But by an hour in, even Liam couldn’t save it for me.
This movie left me feeling creepy and icky. Not adequate words I realise but there it is. I’m sure Neeson’s star power alone will see this perform well but for this reviewer, I wish I had skipped it altogether. 1.5 out of 5 stars
Love Flick xx
Director : Scott Frank
Starring : Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour, Maurice Compte, Patrick McDade, Laura Birn, Adam David Thompson, Eric Nelson, Mark Consuelos, Robert Boyd Holbrook, Brian ‘Astro’ Bradley
Running Time : 114 minutes
Release Date : 16 October 2014