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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Movie Review: Dead Man Down

If your happy life was ruined by someone, what would you be willing to do with nothing left to lose? In March 2013, I sat down to see what a man named Victor would do, and in the end... I didn't care.

Directing this 118 minute action/crime/drama/thriller is Niels Arden Oplev.

Bringing the drama to the table is: Colin Farrell as Victor, Noomi Rapace as Beatrice, Terrence Howard as Alphonse, Dominic Cooper as Darcy, Lusis Da Silva as Terry and Stu "Wade Barrett" Bennett as Kilroy.

Revenge can take awhile when you want it done right. Victor is doing just that, taking some time to get close to a crime lord for the payback. Only problem so far, a neighbor named Beatrice has caught wind of what he's doing. If he doesn't want her to blow the whistle on him, he needs to do a favor for her. With his current plan being revenge, her favor is right up his ally.

WWE steps up to the plate again to see if they can score with this one. Sorry, but even a blind umpire could tell this one was a strike. The storyline is a simple revenge theme and the  playthrough was ok as far as the action part of this flick. The film has a lot of crazy cool stuff that makes it shiny (shoot outs, explosions and tense scenes), but not all shinys are treasures. The storyline reads like there should be depth with this much pain and betrayal, yet you only wind up with your feet wet when it's said and done. Which sucks because I really like Howard and Farrell, and I don't think either of them brought their A game. So yeah, flash and flair but no playthrough equals a crap-tasic film.

It's rated R for violence, language and nudity.

This dead man should stay down, 1 star.


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