A film by Scott Frank
Cast: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour
It is 1991 a drunk cop saves the day sort of he is marked with this brutal incident for life. Now it is 1999 and a much sober cop named Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson) is sitting at his favorite diner drinking coffee and waiting for his meal. A young man comes in a talks to him about his brother who needs help. Since Matt is a private detective (Unlicensed) he does favor for people and they give him gift. The young man’s brother had a wife who has been kidnapped and murdered after the fact that He gave them the money. He wants Matt to find her killers.
Here is finally a hard-boiled detective story finally from the novel of Lawrence Block. I have in my collection a bunch of detective story form the 30’s 40’s and once in the while I rewatch one of them. I could wait to see this one and it finally is here today. This is a strange kidnap murder case scenario. The tension is build up and keeps moving while characters are developing. Scudder is a tough, intelligent detective who does research on cases and ask the right questions, he does not use a cell phone nor computer. He does his research the old fashion way, which brings me to the kid that Matt meets at the library played by Brian Bradley who is kind of his side kicks a Sam spade want a be. The movie moves along nicely and if you have been waiting for a detective story you have found one.