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Matthew Scudder

Played By: Liam Neeson

  • Dirty Cop: He was corrupt while he was on the force.
  • Hurting Hero: Scudder is all alone, with the most human contact coming from his AA meetings and interactions with his clients. This makes him something of a lone wolf, privately living in guilt for his past actions.
  • My Greatest Failure: When he was a cop and in the throes of delusional alcoholism, he got into a shoot-out with some criminals. Scudder takes a bad shot, and accidentally shoots a little girl in the head through the eye.
  • Nerves of Steel: Played with. On the surface, Scudder is cool and unable to be intimidated. He's seen psyching himself up and praying before his meet-up with the kidnappers, however, showing that he is concerned about the possible ways the meeting could go wrong.

The Kristo Brothers



Kenny Kristo

Played By: Dan Stevens

  • Cain and Abel: Done in an interesting way. Neither of them are upstanding members of society, but Kenny is a successful man who has control of his life. Peter is a ne'er-do-well junkie.
  • The Lost Lenore: His wife, who is killed before the events of the film begin.
  • Revenge: His driving motivation is to wreak vengeance on the kidnappers for the death of his wife.


Peter Kristo

Played By: Boyd Holbrook

  • Cain and Abel: Done in an interesting way. Neither of them are upstanding members of society, but Kenny is a successful man who has control of his life. Peter is a ne'er-do-well junkie.
  • Deathbed Confession: He attempts to confess to Kenny that he had an affair with his wife, but expires before he can get the words out.

The Kidnappers

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Ray & Albert

Played By: David Harbour & Adam David Thompson

  • Ax-Crazy: Despite this side to themselves mostly been hidden by their mostly emotionless personalities, it's clear they share the same savage mindset of a rabid dog. Only difference is that they enjoy their savagery.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Just what is their relation to each other? Brothers? Partners in crime? Lovers? It's never spelled out.
  • Batman Gambit: Their plan revolves around the idea that kidnapping the loved ones of high-ranking criminals means that those criminals won't involve the police. Their plan works for the most part; the various drug lords/dealers are practitioners of Pragmatic Villainy and assume they can be reasoned with. The money, however, is secondary to the enjoyment they get from their "work".
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: They work in conjunction.
  • Bullying a Dragon: They purposefully target drug dealers who won't go to the police. Of course, these are dangerous men anyway. It seems likely they would have eventually stumbled onto a sociopath who just takes their kidnapping as an insult.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: They specialize in giving their victims utterly horrific, agonizing deaths.
  • Disposing of a Body: They cut their victims into pieces for disposal...while they're alive.
  • Eviler Than Thou: These guys make drug lords who could be generic villains in any other film look downright sympathetic and reasonable in comparison.
  • Fingore: They slice off fingers, and do so to Yuri Landau's daughter before a deal is made.
  • Lack of Empathy: They are utterly remorseless psychopaths who get their pleasure from the pain of others.
  • No Honor Among Thieves: Despite being a partnership, they show little concern for each other. After Ray is badly wounded, Albert casually goes to the bathroom before seemingly attending to his wounds...only to kill Ray and go upstairs to eat dinner.
  • Razor Floss: One of their preferred torture devices is a loop of razor wire.
  • Sadist: They get their kicks from torture, rape and murder.
  • Serial Killer: Money seems to be a secondary goal to their urge to kill. They take pleasure in their work.
  • Serial Rapist: They're both rapists.
  • The Sociopath: Ray and Albert are ruthless sadists of the highest order. Albert comes across as slightly creepier than Ray, due to him being so cold, humourless and silent.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: They stick together pretty exclusively. Averted at the end, when Ray is killed by Albert.
  • Would Harm A Child: Neither of them has any compunction about murdering young children.
  • You Said You Would Let Them Go: They enjoy tricking their victims' loved ones into believing they will let them go after getting the ransom money. They set everything up...only to show off what's left of the bodies.



Played By: David Harbour

  • Deadpan Snarker: When Scudder remarks that the duo cut Yuri's daughter's fingers, he dryly and mockingly responds they did so before a deal had been reached.
  • Dirty Coward: After he's shot by Scudder, he cries and whines about his wound to an uncaring Albert, bitching that he's never been wounded before.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He has a very jovial and exuberant personality, but it does nothing to disguise the fact that he's a subhuman sadist. He's angered when Scudder gives him a Shut Up, Hannibal!.
  • Karmic Death: Throttled with the razor wire he used to torture his victims.
  • Smug Snake: Ray thinks he's a lot smarter and untouchable than he actually is.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He starts freaking out after he's shot by Scudder, panicking in terror on the ride home.



Played By: Adam David Thompson

  • Boom, Headshot!: How Scudder kills him.
  • Creepy Monotone: His voice is very flat and emotionless.
  • Evil Is Petty: He murders Ray largely because it would be simply too much effort to keep him alive.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: By Scudder. Just as Albert is about to get started on what is presumably going to be a Motive Rant, Scudder shuts him up because he doesn't care what this psychotic piece of shit has to say.
  • Lean and Mean: He's much more wiry than Ray, who has a broad build.
  • The Quiet One: Albert says almost nothing, in contrast to the more talkative Ray.
  • Suddenly Voiced: He's silent for most of the film, never speaking unless he absolutely has to.

Other Characters


Jonas Loogan

Played By: Ólafur Darri Ólafsson

  • Driven to Suicide: Jonas throws himself off the roof of his building after Scudder tries to enlist his help in finding Ray and Albert.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He might be a sleazy pervert with bizarre fantasies, but he's not nearly on the level of Ray and Albert. He's horrified by their antics.
  • Stalker with a Crush: To one of Ray and Albert's victims. He became obsessed with her from a distance, and even wrote a book about how himself "rescuing" her from her drug dealer boyfriend.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Jonas fantasized extensively about being a hero for the woman he was stalking, rescuing her from her boyfriend. When Ray and Albert actually do kidnap her and get ready to torture her, he's not evil enough to actually harm her but also not brave enough to save her. He runs away.



Played By: Brian "Astro" Bradley


Yuri Landau

Played By: Sebastian Roché


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