Deadfall 2012

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A thriller that follows two siblings who decide to fend for themselves in the wake of a botched casino heist, and their unlikely reunion during another family's Thanksgiving celebration.

Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde
1 hour 30 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Director Stefan Ruzowitzky
Starring Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde
Supporting actors Charlie Hunnam, Sissy Spacek, Kris Kristofferson, Jason Cavalier
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MyD -- The Viewpoint on 17 Feb 2013
Format: Blu-ray
A FANTASTIC THRILLER: with realistic action and broken people. Few characters in this movie are perfect, if any.

OK, I was really impressed by this little gem and had suspicions it was done on a limited budget despite the quality and effort clearly put into it. So I did some research. It was shot on $12M. After seeing that figure the first time I was actually disappointed because it seemed large to the ordinary person. Then I thought again - Many of the stars they brought together have probably commanded 12M just for their own salary for one picture. Clearly this was a labor of love by people who thought it should be made.

Seriously- Olivia Wilde - Kate Mara - Eric Bana - Sissy Spacek - Kris Kristofferson and others.

PLOT: A brother and sister team from a broken home in the south are fleeing an Indian Casino robbery they conducted not far from the Canadian border(in the dead of winter of course). Their car crashes on an icy road in the middle of nowhere and their plight becomes a matter of survival for both them and the people they encounter. But that's just the beginning. It becomes apparent that something is seriously off with these two who are a little more than just brother and sister. Several other families will become ensnared in this thriller including a disgraced boxer and a local police cheif who's daughter struggles for his approval. For an action thriller, there are ALL KINDS of relationship dysfunction and depth. In lesser hands, this movie is the kind of thing that results in a complete cinematic disaster. However, terrific actors, director and writing bring what would seem an unlikely series of events into a completely plausible and deftly handled wonder of a movie.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 1 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
Deadfall works on several levels. You can watch it as a straightforward action-thriller, or get entangled in the mind-games and psychodrama of the sub-plots. For a fairly low-key release it aims high, blending out-of-the-blue instances of brutal intensity with emotionally mature and deftly intertwined character arcs. The ensemble cast generate some truly tense and memorable moments - not least Eric Bana, as the seductive psychopath du jour, but also from Sissy Spacek as the grace-under-pressure all American hostage-mom, and Kate Mara who plays Hannah, a local police officer, battling institutional chauvinism on a monumental scale.

At first glance, Deadfall looks like a straightforward heist-gone-wrong, guys-on-the-run movie, but underneath it's an examination of the fraught emotional ties between families, many of those relationships unhealthily intense. The plot follows a strange pair of siblings, brother and sister, on the run with the loot from a casino robbery. Almost instantly the violence escalates and they're thrown into a series of situations (violent / sensual: sometimes both at the same time), while trying to escape across the Canadian border.
The characters fight, form alliances and fracture against each other in a mid-winter wilderness, cut off by blizzards, forced to confront their earlier lives and emotional angst over the Thanksgiving holiday. And, helpfully, there's a gentlemanly-mannered lunatic on the loose who is as likely to take tea as he is to hack off a limb. Much of the delight in this film comes from his sheer unpredictability, but Deadfall is much more than just a star vehicle for Bana's acting talent.
The photography throughout is superb; capturing the majesty, isolation and underlying menace of the isolated landscape.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 April 2014
Format: DVD
Deadfall is directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky and written by Zach Dean. It stars Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Kate Mara, Treat Williams, Kris Kristofferson and Sissy Spacek. Music is by Marco Beltrami and cinematography by Shane Hurlbut.

Siblings Addison (Bana) and Liza (Wilde) are fleeing a casino heist that's gone badly wrong. Deciding to split up, they arrange to meet up at a later point and go their separate ways. Liza hooks up with ex-convict Jay (Hunnam) while Addison has a date with an abusive father. All while the police, led by a father and daughter pairing who have their own family issues, close in on them along with a blizzard.

Ruzowitzky's snowy neo-noir may not have the most brainiest of plots, but it makes up for that elsewhere with genuine thrills, spills and wintry chills. Shane Hurlbut photographs it in steely cold metallic blues, piercing whites and bloody reds, then laying an ethereal sheen over the night time sequences. This is perfect tonal accompaniment to the characterisations fronting the story, Addison and Liza have definite incestuous leanings, with the former capable of brutal violence when required. Jay, out of prison, is a big disappointment to his father (Kristofferson), but more pressing concerns are a deadly confrontation he is forced into, and that he's falling for Liza, who appears to be damaged goods and whose motives are unclear.

On the supposed good side of the snowy fence is Hannah (Mara) and Becker (Williams), daughter and father cops, she strives to make her daddy proud, he resents her for not being a son, even chastising her with cold venom in front of other officers. It's a whirlpool of troubled characters battling it out in the snowy wilds of North America.
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