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Dead Man Down
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07.18.2013 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Niels Arden Oplev

Actors:
Colin Farrell
Noomi Rapace
Terrance Howard

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two lost souls consumed by revenge meet and form and complicated alliance in hopes of seeing both of their dark ambitions to fruition with no thought of the devastating consequences that may follow.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
One of the things I loved about director Niels Arden Oplev's THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO was his artistic style and unforgiving visuals as his pictures tend to say a thousand words--a method more than a few directors seem to have forgotten of late. DEAD MAN DOWN looks and feels the same, albeit with a bigger budget and thus a more glossy finish, but it encompasses Nielsí unique vision. Add to that a slow burn tone--something that's always a mixed bag with audiences and critics alike--and you pretty much have an idea of what to expect here. Though not perfect, it's not just another revenge flick either.

No matter the ups and downs Colin Farrell faces in his illustrious career, I'll always be in his corner. His character, Victor--a man of few words whose soul has been whittled down to nothing--is the animal backed in a corner you just don't want to mess with. His humanity is still intact, something that becomes evident when we see him watching old movies and of course, by his willingness to help Beatrice (Noomi Rapace) rather than just kill her and be done with it. That's the one thing I don't get about this flick. Beatrice is also consumed with thoughts of revenge, but seriously, you watch a guy smoke another guy and then decide it's a good idea to try and blackmail him into helping you? It takes some brass cojones to do what she did, which I commend, but I can't help but think if that happened in the real world she'd have ended up sleeping with the fish.

My other conundrum is with actress Noomi Rapace. I'm still not sure if I like her or not. Don't get me wrong, I loved her vision of Lisbeth Salader much more than the newest one, but I didn't care for her much in SHERLOCK HOLMES or PROMETHIUS. She has her moments and obviously plays the broken character persona down to a "T", but I'm just not sure that's enough. Terrence Howard, on the other hand, is the man and I was overjoyed to see him revert back to his villainous roots. Howard is great no matter the role, or side he's on, but something about him just "fits" when he's playing the bad guy. He's funny, ruthless, paranoid and cunning all at the same time--I've said this before, but I still wish they'd kept him on as Rhodey in the IRON MAN films, the series would have been so much better for it.

DEAD MAN DOWN is a stylistic, dark action thriller that whispers revenge in your ear almost seductively as it glides along at a slow, creeping pace. The dialogue is smart, the characters are emotionally broken, but not to the point where they lose their realism. Revenge is sweet, but we don't always think about the consequences. This flick deals with both sides of the coin, and balances them well. The action is also well done, from the sick looking flaming explosion to the rat interrogation (loved it). There's more meat to this film then you'd expect, something that surprised the hell out of me considering this is a WWE produced film (I know, right. And yes, they did squeeze in a wrestler who shouldn't be too hard for you to spot). Like I said in the beginning, it's far from perfect, but there's something special here for fans of noir type action films that begs it not be missed.
THE EXTRAS
Revenge and Redemption: Crafting DEAD MAN DOWN: The cast and crew discuss the film, working with one another and the overall feel of the film. Again, this shows WWE films is coming into their own.

Revenge Technique: The Cinematography: Here we get a peek at what makes this a visual treat, as we explore shooting and lighting and what not. This was a high point of the film for me, so I dug this extra look.

Staging the Action: The Firefights: Some storyboards mixed with final footage and stunt team interviews, showing a bit more depth to the action. Nice.

Previews: There are a few trailers, as well as a DVD and Ultraviolet Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This movie feels like any other revenge flick, which isnít a bad if you like revenge flicks. I do, so there you have it. That said, the cast isnít too shabby either, and visually itís pretty damn sweet. All in all, you can do much worse.
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4:38PM on 07/25/2013
Not a perfect movie by any means, but still a pretty good and well made one at that! I kind of fell in love with Rapace's damaged character.
Not a perfect movie by any means, but still a pretty good and well made one at that! I kind of fell in love with Rapace's damaged character.
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3:39AM on 07/19/2013
The original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo had "unforgiving visuals"? You're kidding right? It looked exactly like what it was: a tv movie. They just made shorter versions of the trilogy to be released in theaters overseas. Don't get me wrong I loved the first one (before those ridiculous Swedish Hell's Angels and satanist lesbians entered the scene) but Fincher's remake was the much better looking film, despite being just being an exact copy plotwise. I can see how some would enjoy Dead
The original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo had "unforgiving visuals"? You're kidding right? It looked exactly like what it was: a tv movie. They just made shorter versions of the trilogy to be released in theaters overseas. Don't get me wrong I loved the first one (before those ridiculous Swedish Hell's Angels and satanist lesbians entered the scene) but Fincher's remake was the much better looking film, despite being just being an exact copy plotwise. I can see how some would enjoy Dead Man Down, I'm just not one of them; 4/10. The trailer contained literally all the action from the movie so I was expecting a slick action drama, what I got was a sloooow burning melodrama with a smidge of, mostly, CG'd action at the end.
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12:43AM on 07/19/2013
I actually caught this in the theater. I came out loving the visuals, liking the acting, but wondering if it was worth the price of admission. It's a sleek little thriller, and right up my alley as far as genre movies go. But aside from the subplot of Noomi Rapace's revenge, and focus on immigrant New Yorkers, it all felt a little paint-by-numbers. Actually it made me appreciate Niels Arden Oplev's direction all that much more. Oh, and agree 100% on Terrence Howard.
I actually caught this in the theater. I came out loving the visuals, liking the acting, but wondering if it was worth the price of admission. It's a sleek little thriller, and right up my alley as far as genre movies go. But aside from the subplot of Noomi Rapace's revenge, and focus on immigrant New Yorkers, it all felt a little paint-by-numbers. Actually it made me appreciate Niels Arden Oplev's direction all that much more. Oh, and agree 100% on Terrence Howard.
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11:53PM on 07/18/2013
This was a good watch. Farrell and Rapace elevated it to a level above what lesser actors could have achieved. It's a damn shame this didn't do better, but they marketed it as a generic B-action movie, so I can see why people skipped it. I hope it finds its audience on video and cable, because it deserves it. And I absolutely loved the last shot on the subway.
This was a good watch. Farrell and Rapace elevated it to a level above what lesser actors could have achieved. It's a damn shame this didn't do better, but they marketed it as a generic B-action movie, so I can see why people skipped it. I hope it finds its audience on video and cable, because it deserves it. And I absolutely loved the last shot on the subway.
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10:38PM on 07/18/2013

Good review...

I rented it and watched it twice last week. It's a shame it didn't find an audience but was one of my favorite movies I've seen this year. And I'm not just saying that cause I've always been a C.F. fan (Tigerland). I loved the revenge motive...
I rented it and watched it twice last week. It's a shame it didn't find an audience but was one of my favorite movies I've seen this year. And I'm not just saying that cause I've always been a C.F. fan (Tigerland). I loved the revenge motive...
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