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Plot: Victor, a rising gangland player, has infiltrated the crime empire run by ruthless kingpin Alphonse, with the single purpose of making Alphonse pay for destroying his once happy life. As he meticulously orchestrates his vengeance from his high-rise home, Victor watches and is watched by Beatrice, a mysterious young woman who lives in the apartment across from his. On the surface a fragile woman-child, Beatrice seethes with a rage of her own. When she uncovers Victor's dark secrets, she threatens to expose him unless he helps her carry out her own campaign of retribution. Each fixated on avenging the past, they devise a violent and cathartic plan that could change their worlds forever. Runtime: 118 mins Release Date: 07 Mar 2013
In the seemingly police-less gangland, Dead Man Down takes you through a labyrinth of visually distinct fascinating characters in an existential approach to both the dilemmas of revenge an their consequences. The action is not superfluous and hollow, but done in a way where each beat is well orchestrated with both real purpose and visual panache. Through the "doll like" character Beatrice and her adjacent complex neighbor Victor, this film manages to portray an engrossing romantic angle highlighted by its believability through the shear awkward yet genuineness of their interactions. <more>
After the tonal shift of the reveal there becomes a form dark energy of rapidness that engulfs them. The eyes of Beatrice become dark and manic, full of pain, culminating in an iconic car sequence of dizzying passion. Alphonse is a very convincing crime lord at the edge of his mental ropes. In a certain scene you can see the instability as his character while he sits in the shadows eying Victor like a shark as he walks into the frame. An effective rendition of a classy character in command after working their way to the top having to once again become savage in order to remain atop his hill. With his main goons we have Killroy the seven foot tall muscular man with the deep booming voice, Terry the skinny tattoo covered man, and Darcy the smart friend of Vicker who becomes the scariest character in his on right. This film has the pacing and build like an old crime film, complete with dramatic emotionally spilling performances down to its very ending note. The dialog and characters are so fascinating that when the violence begins occurring you generally care about them. The message is not one glorifying revenge as many films succumb to, but one showing the results of their outcome, which the film has many variations of each character must deal with on their own. This film is an original Neo Noir and a complex brooding character piece strung together with the dazzling imagery of humanity and laced through fragile ephemeral happiness. The kind of film that has become a rarity at the box office. Fantastic performances all around.
Gripping, Ruthless and Won't let go (by smashthecontrolmachine)
This an enthralling thriller that keep you totally engaged and absorbed start to finish. The story of revenge is carried very well by Colin Ferrell, who gives his best acting performance to date. The characters all are well developed in this intricately woven and very dark tale. It' s a film that will make you think, how far would I myself go avenge the ones I love. Is there a such thing as too far? This is also a tale of obsession, an obsession with finding peace in one's life and coming to terms with the past, no matter how disturbing it is. Collins character is almost suffocating <more>
from the past that grips him, events he cannot erase from his mind that lead him to do whatever it takes to make things right in his mind. Finding the peace he seeks leads him into a world of chaos. He must navigate this chaos in order to achieve his ultimate gold, his own personal justice
Every now and then a movie surprises you. Most movies emasculate the man. Then they masculinize the woman. Revenge. Love. The movie is awesome. All time top 25. Don't watch it with anyone who likes to talk during movies. If you like the expendables, this movie isn't for you. If you like man on fire, this is a movie for you.So many movies have a great premise but miss the mark. Heat. Law Abiding Citizen. Others, like the girl with the dragon tattoo or the taking of Pelham 123 exceed expectations. Dead man down is one of those movies that is deep, well developed, flows well, lets you <more>
get to know the primary characters. If there's a flaw it's the lack of realism with the action scenes. But the story line makes up for it. Oddly enough, the female character is actually as interesting, maybe more so, than the lead male. She's certainly a better actress than Colin Farrell is an actor. Two thumbs up. Can't wait to watch it again.
Well Beyond What Most Hollywood Films Think They Are... (by transientdreams)
I honestly had to sit in contemplative amazement for few minutes after watching this film just to digest how well it was done. Every scene delivered a certain level of excellence that was surpassed by the next simply by building levels of uncertainty while carrying the story forward with almost an anticipated reluctance of sorts. Of the many thousands of action movies I've seen in the last 30 years, I would put this in the top 5. Astonishing directing, set design, acting, and a brooding atmosphere that works, mixed with a romantic/revenge tale of crossed messages born of emotional <more>
extremes in a multi-context of meanings.It's a movie that never loses sight of what it originally intends, nor does it pander to taste or pretend to be better than it is. The script is solid and seamless. There are some shortcomings as to continuity and perspective of a linear timeline, but there is SO much emotion in even the smallest scenes as to make this almost trivial. I believe this is a masterpiece of directing overall that goes far beyond the mediocre nature of even the best of Hollywood's action films. It has a passionate heart with a brutal honesty that involves vulnerability conflicting with its own desire for the desolation of complete resolve regardless of circumstance.When you see a movie of this quality, it is certainly difficult to put another one in the DVD player. Just like graduating high school makes it impossible to want to repeat the 11th grade.
I am surprised more people are not excited about this film. This is pretty much European cinema in Hollywood. Great performances from Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace. Great story and an unusual romantic tale. This film takes the gritty world of drugs and gang lords and attempts to tell a tale of revenge and romance. Two immigrants from different worlds, victims of the scourge of modern society, in the same place bent on revenge and a beautiful tale of romance from the pain of loss. This film rarely falls short in any area, it never lost direction or attention to detail at any point. The <more>
conclusion was slightly flawed but that's the Hollywood bit of the movie. I can forgive that having seen worse. A masterpiece! Well done! One for the collection...
Dead Man Down is actually not a good thriller, but it is a great thriller. Some things may not be entirely believable, but then again we are often told to suspend our disbelief in these kind of movies, which I did. This thriller is a slow-burn thriller that focuses less on the action, but more on the characters and the retribution.Oplev's film has a distinctive European feel to it and that is how I like my thrillers. But this film is about a man named Victor who is the right-hand man of a crime lord named Alphonse and has a very mysterious past. But he is seduced by a car crash victim <more>
named Beatrice, who is a mysterious woman herself. But together, they plot to bring Alphonse to justice.For a film such as this, it has a pretty talented cast. Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace share such intimate chemistry with each other. It's a shame Farrell is not a high box-office draw these days because he got so much talent. Terrence Howard does a very good job, and it's nice to see him shine in a villainous role for once. There is a nice cameo by F. Murray Abraham as well and I like it because we definitely don't see much of him anymore.Overall, Dead Man Down is much better than what people are making it out to be. It's a slow-burn thriller, not an action shoot-em-up as apparently people were expecting. There are going to be logic issues, but I'm very good at suspending my disbelief, because I'm watching a fictional movie. But this is a well-acted thriller and one of the better films of 2013. I rate this film 9/10.
An intelligent thriller that takes its time dishing out retribution. (by TheSquiss)
Dead Man Down is a surprise and an exceptionally rewarding viewing experience. This is an intelligent thriller packed with action that takes its time to unfold and finally wanders off into the sunset leaving the viewer invigorated and satisfied, but ready for another bout.Victor Colin Farrell is a player in in gangland kingpin Alphonse's Terrence Howard empire and, though he gives the appearance of being Alphonse's right-hand man, his intentions towards the crime lord are decidedly darker. Meanwhile, the girl in the apartment opposite, Beatrice Noomi Rapace , watches him dispatch <more>
an adversary and blackmails him into dishing out a generous serving of retribution that she herself is unable or unwilling to administer.Neils Arden Oplev the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and currently shooting Stephen King's Under the Dome peels back layer after layer to reveal ever-rawer characters and emotions in Dead Man Down. It isn't just about unfolding the story, though he does so beautifully, it is more about filling out the characters carefully so that we understand what makes them tick. No, what makes them angry.There are some severely damaged characters on display here but their emotions, their actions, come across as not just understandable but entirely justified. Forget petty crooks with violent whims, Victor and Beatrice have given serious thought to their revenge but that doesn't make them shallow or irredeemable.While Victor bubbles along in a coldly, organized manner, Beatrice rages under her skin. On the surface she is the cool cat but the confusion, the maelstrom of rage, bitterness and loss, swirls within her so that she is potentially dangerous to herself and Victor. It is tempting to use the old cliché of both Farrell and Rapace 'never being better' but it isn't true in her case; she is frequently this good, even if the films don't always match her talent. In Farrell's case, he has so many under-performing films London Boulevard, Tigerland and the odd turkey Total Recall on his CV that it is easy to forget that he is generally on very fine form. Don't believe me? Look again at Phone Booth, In Bruges Howard has a reputation in the industry of being 'difficult' note the recasting of Colonel Rhodes in the Iron Man sequels but his body of work is extraordinary and the intensity of his performance in Dead Man Down makes it blindingly obvious why he's a good bet on screen. There's no Nicolas Cage-type ranting, just a considered, quiet violence to his Alphonse.Dominic Cooper slips along in Dead Man Down, not at all unremarkable, but just another fine actor and a superbly cast film. As Darcy, another of Alphonse's mob and friend of the traitorous Victor, he comes across as a good ish guy who's unfortunate to be caught up in entirely the wrong job in the wrong place at the wrong time. He doesn't steal scenes here but he fills them out, he completes them, knowing his place in the hierarchy of the mob and his billing in the film.Oplev has crafted a very fine thriller indeed. The drama excites, the explosions scorch the skin but what makes Dead Man Down stand above so many others in the genre I'm talking to you, Welcome to the Punch is not the ramped up action but the stillness and the time and care he takes over his characters and the setting of the atmosphere. He allows us time to enjoy the clinking of ice-cubes in glasses as Victor and Beatrice consider each other and, strangely for a director of an action flick, allows the dialogue to do the talking rather than the gunshots and the car chases.Dead Man Down is at times gentle but always thrilling and the pauses in the action don't ever detract from the pace. Conversely, they make it more intense and a film that truly deserves to register at the box office in spite of the big-buck, megastar vehicles of Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness. I fear it will be another 'underperforming' film on Farrell's CV, but don't for a minute confuse that with being a flop. The dead man might be down but he definitely isn't out.For more reviews from The Squiss, subscribe to my blog and like the Facebook page.
Dead Man Down proves to be clever and to little clichéd in spots, it's not at all much of a thrill ride, but at the same time it's not boring, it's very well paced. The setting is set up as a gritty feel for a good crime drama. I'd rather not get into the plot, mainly because I feel I'll give too many spoilers away which I don't want too do.Colin Farrel is good, so is Dominic Cooper, and Terrance Howard has the crime boss, but Noomi Rapace is the real stand out here, she was breathtaking has a woman trying to conquer her demons, you really feel the pain she's <more>
going through. A well made revenge thriller, if you are in the mood for a good neo noir thriller, then give Dead Man Down a look.
This is a movie you will need and want to see three or more times. Very complex, a virtual maze that is not for the casual viewer. Farrell is a brooding volcano always seconds from erupting and Rapace a scarred yet violent victim. Howard and Cooper give depth to the play and Huppert is a joy as the caring mother we all have or should have had. Justice is done but not in the way any of us would expect and the screenwriters deserve at least an Oscar nomination. Tragedy envelopes all of the players without regard. Yet you are left with a feeling of hope. Enjoy it but expect the same feeling <more>