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Though hard-boiled crime au­thor Lawrence Block has penned a stack of well-re­ceived books (among them The Sins of the Fa­thers and All the Flow­ers are Dy­ing), the movies are yet to prop­erly make his ac­quain­tance. This dis­con­nect may fi­nally end with a gritty, greyed-out film noir fea­tur­ing Block’s most en­dur­ing cre­ation, lone-wolf New York pri­vate eye Matthew Scud­der. At this point, it should be men­tioned the role of Scud­der, a life­long al­co­holic per­pet­u­ally hov­er­ing be­tween re­cov­ery and re­lapse, is played by Liam Nee­son. This could be a deal breaker for many po­ten­tial view­ers. For many years, Nee­son has been flood­ing the mar­ket with for­mu­laic fare that has po­si­tioned him as a ma­ture-age Mr Vengeance. No need to worry here: this very strong thriller is the best thing Nee­son has been in­volved with for ages.

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