There are more than a few movies, via their trailers, that will garner my interest. Certainly enough that I look forward to their opening weekend. Too many times, though, the appeal just doesn’t measure up. A small number will live up to the promise offered. It’s the rare film that exceeds expectations. That happened this weekend with A Walk Among the Tombstones.
“The opening credits of the movie should be enough to give anyone with empathy some nightmares. This is another comparison to Fincher, who in Se7en, created a horrifying world through nightmare entries in a journal that is displayed in a gruesome, flashing manner. This set of titles is disturbing for a very different reason but it is equally horrifying. There are two shots in an otherwise artfully photographed set of images of a beautiful woman. When those two images are revealed, your breath will suck in and you will let out a moan of anguish. All of this happens without a spot of blood or gore.”
My friend and local colleague Richard Kirkham on his blog perfectly captured why it did for both of us with his piece. Director Scott Frank’s film, who did the under appreciated, The Lookout, is an intense experience. But one well worth your time, if you can handle it. I recommend Richard’s fine movie review as it’s certainly as good as that trailer mentioned. As he said on his Facebook page, “A Great Start to the Fall Movie Season.”