I was somewhat sceptical before seeing this, I wasn't expecting much to be honest. I was not familiar with Shane Meadows or Paddy Considine, both of whom now have my attention. I was expecting another boring unremarkable British drama, of which there seem to be many. But I must admit to being blown away with what I saw.
Considine stars as Richard, an ex-soldier who has returned to his hometown after a stint in the army. He is NOT returning for a social call, but something a lot more demanding. His mentally impaired brother Anthony (Toby Kebell in a brilliant performance) was subjected to a barrage of bullying and intimidation by a bunch of local degenerates afew years back, none of whom the viewer is meant to feel any sympathy for, as they feel none themselves. Richard is guilt ridden at not being there, so takes it upon himself to take revenge-in his own way.
Whats different about this film, is that this is no "by the book" revenge movie with a shining hero and a happy ending. Richard is the monster in this movie, and the bullies who tormented Anthony soon become the tormented. They start to feel the fear Anthony did, and soon realise Richard will not stop.
Low budget, gritty and upfront, Dead Man Shoes ought to be hailed as a benchmark movie in British cinema, seriously, it is top notch stuff.
DVD extras are great, with a short film starring Toby Kebell as a "wrestler", some interesting deleted scenes, an alternate ending and more.