Matthew Scudder (Liam Neeson) is an NYPD officer who gets caught up in an armed robbery at a bar. He chases the robbers and kills them but one of the bullets accidentally kills a seven year old girl. Traumatised by the incident, he quits the force and spends years at Alcoholics Anonymous whilst moonlighting as an unlicensed private eye.
He is approached by the brother of a drug dealer, Kenny (Dan Stevens) to help locate the men who kidnapped and killed his wife. He meets a youngster, TJ (Brian “Astro” Bradley) at the local library who helps him get information off the net about similar cases to that of Kenny’s. Scudder soon realises that the men were once linked to the DEA and have been targeting drug dealers to extort money.
When a daughter of another dealer is kidnapped, Scudder negotiates with the men to meet them face to face in an attempt to save the girl’s life and to apprehend them.
The movie also stars Boyd Holbrook and David Harbour.
Directed by Scott Frank
Running time – 113 minutes