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Dead Man's Shoes
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09.13.2006 By: Sturdy
Dead Man's Shoes order
Director:
Shane Meadows

Actors:
Paddy Considine
Gary Stretch
Toby Kebbell

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A military veteran returns home to seek revenge on the suffering his mentally challenged brother received from a local gang. Each victim brings him closer to his goal, but drives him further from who he was.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This is your standard revenge film. The DVD cover might lead you to believe that youíre going to be witnessing something so horrible that you wonít believe your eyes. However, the truth is that any semi-experienced movie fan has already seen this kind of film before and DEAD MANíS SHOES doesnít give us anything we havenít already seen.

Thatís not to say that itís a bad film, because it certainly is not. In fact, itís a good way to spend 90 minutes and itís always fun to watch someone exact their revenge on evil-doers. I think the creators pulled too many punches. They couldíve gone crazy with the different things the gang couldíve done to the leadís mentally challenged brother, but it took too long for us to have a justification for the leadís actions. Also, in order for a revenge flick to really tug at our heart strings, we need a reason to root for the revenge-er.

Character development struggled a little bit too. We come into the film after the evil deeds have been committed and we never get a peek at what the good times were like, if there were any. Itís important that we pity the person who was wronged and like the person who is getting revenge for them. Iím not sure either were accomplished here.

I did enjoy the performance of Paddy Considine. Heís a very talented actor and I liked the character change from his name-making performance in IN AMERICA. The rest of the cast is mostly unknowns and they too do a good job. Production value was very good for the budget and all in all this was a decent film
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Shane Meadows, Paddy Considine and Mark Herbert: Iím not going to support any Irish stereotypes, but I really think these guys were intoxicated during this commentary. Theyíre a blast to listen to. They keep the commentary rolling and they offer a lot of good insights into the film.

In Shaneís Shoes(25:00): This is an easy recommendation for anyone that enjoyed the film. Shane Meadows takes us on a personal look at the making of the film and how it wound up in theaters. He has many interesting anecdotes and he talks a lot about how different things ended up in the film.

Alternate Ending (8:36): No spoilers here, but the ending in the movie was much better.

Deleted Scene (3:12): This is labeled ďdeletedĒ, but they meant ďextendedĒ. Itís just a minor extension of the first murder scene.

There are also some Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This film wonít wow you with originality or any new takes on the revenge genre, but it is a decent ride. Paddy Considine does a great job and gives you a performance to make the movie worth your time. Definitely worth a rental.
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