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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 1 July 2013
This strongly scripted revenge tale is chock full of well rounded characters and proper relationships. The gritty urban drama seeps class from every frame and the chemistry between Farrell and Noomi Rapace forms one of the strongest pairings I've seen in a long while. Rapace finally gets an English speaking role to get stuck into and Farrell can play the underdog anti-hero with his eyes shut. This is very much a human tale with little need for car chases and explosions although they do come along when the script requires. There are two revenge stories in here and the script also manages an offbeat but entirely engaging romance, all of which is simple but interesting. The final showdown, a one man assault on a heavily guarded mansion is hardly anything new but it was well crafted and exciting enough. I'm glad I ignored the critics because I really enjoyed going to see it(apart from the cost of the cinema ticket).
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 23 September 2013
Trusted Hungarian gangland hard man Victor (Farrell), infiltrates the gang that took his life away from him. But close to finalizing his master plan of revenge, his neighbor Beatrice (Rapace), disfigured from an accident, blackmails Victor into extracting her revenge first. He reluctantly agrees, but they begin to slowly fall in love with each other. Distracted from his own mission, his plan begins to unravel, as his employers get closer to uncovering his true identity.

Dead Man Down starts out & finishes with exciting & well produced action set pieces that open & close the story really well. Inbetween it slows down with the foreground of learning about the lead characters motivations through the suffering inside & outside they have had to endure. With the revenge scheming & the bad guys slowly tracking down the person who is after them, dipping in & out in the background. Now, while following the two leads close interactions it does result in the film lacking some pace in the middle portion of the film, as the star crossed lovers story is explored. So this will likely alienate some of the audience who came into this expecting primarily an all out action film.

But IMO in this exploration, the film endears us more to the two lead characters played brilliantly by Colin Farrell (Total Recall), as the solemn husband whose lost his family & sowing the seeds of his revenge. And Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) as the scarred beautician who is taunted & tortured by bullies & scared to show her face, blackmailing Victor to kill the man responsible for her disfigurement. Both of who'm are they're own worst enemies, and the way they come over in the film, you just want these two wounded souls to leave & be happy together, but it's not going to be that easy.

The film has a good production behind it, writer/producer J.H Wyman (Fringe). And with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Director Niels Arden Oplev in charge of the camera, it certainly doesn't lack for charm. As he brings a really nice, Noir, feel to it that accentuates some scenes amazingly well, the tense Farrell/Howard confrontation epitomized this perfectly. Co-star's the excellent Terrence Howard (Iron Man) as the cool, calculating & ruthless boss of Victor's gang, Alphonse. Dominic Cooper (Abraham Lincoln..) as a fellow gang member, Darcy, who portrays the good guy caught up with the wrong people to aplomb. And Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher) as Beatrice's sweet elderly mother.

In conclusion, Dead Man Down is a movie that compromises on going all out action or all out romance, for a combination of both to suit male & female audiences that want a well rounded story to keep them engaged. IMO despite the sacrifice of pace, it was a good fusion of tension/suspense, action, romance & characters that actually made me care about them. I loved the subtle humor as well. Contains strong language & graphic violence. Recommended.
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on 17 September 2013
A dark gritty movie, which keeps you guessing for most of the movie. The acting on the whole is good, this is more than just about gangsters, there is revenge, a love story and friendship.

Colin Farrell's best movie for a long while.
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on 12 May 2013
On paper it hardly sounds original. Hero's Wife and child killed by gang. Hero seeks to get revenge on gang. But the fact that neither the opening scene , nor indeed any other thereafter shows this heinous crime suggests there is considerably more thought and drama in Dead man Down than one might expect.
It all starts when a criminal gang led by Kingpin Alphonse Hoyt (Terrence Howard)find one of their number in a freezer with a few twisted clues left by his killer. As Hoyt seeks revenge on the man responsible we see Victor (Farrell) as his trusted right hand man saving his life whilst he looks to serve street justice on those suspected of offing his chums. Not is all as it seems, however, as the truth is slowly revealed throughout the film. Characters are far less one dimensional than your average goon. victor's co-gangster buddy Darcy talking about an appreciation for life now he has a wife and child, with an investigative mind like Colombo, Hoyt's silently menacing demeaner leaving you wondering if he knows more than he is letting on, the list goes on. Even love interest Naomi Rapace has her own agenda as a woman scarred after a horrific car accident. It makes proceeding more deep than you average Hollywood action flick
The lost wife and child element is told through a torn photo and old videos of happier times and not overplayed. there is no in your face execution scene here, allowing the audience to make up their own mind as to what actually happened. Instead the focus is on story and character development making the proceedings far more thoughtful than most films in it's genre. a refreshing change which actually adds an air of mystery rather than gung-ho machismo
This does mean that the dead man Down is not as action packed as the trailer may lead you to believe. This is far more about the set up than the act itself. There are action moments of course, especially the final climax, but the focus is more on building up subtle tension rather than plenty of shooty bang.
It's nicely shot too, not to glamorous not bleak and the story plods at a nice steady pace.
definitely worth a watch and something different to the usual revenge film

One downside though is the pathetic lack of extras. Just 3 short featurettes. That's it. 1 star for extras
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on 29 September 2013
This is actualy a suprising hit thriller with a cool revenge story and plenty of good building thrills etc, the cast is great, good performances all round, if you like a good gangster/crime thriller this is certainly worth checking out its one of the best in a while.
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on 22 November 2014
A good movie. The main problem I had with this movie is the whole plot was given away on the synopsis. Piece of advice watch the movie without reading it. The movie is the basic revenge plot. The acting is good, and I did really feel for the characters I was supposed to. It does make the movie better being emotionally vested. Good action sequences, bit slow in between, but it can forgive that for story sake. All round good movie.
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on 18 October 2013
Good premise, making for a good b-movie.
The parallel story threads are a bit ropey and drag the movie down (as does the overly heavy atmosphere).
If only these had been stronger.....
Compare to a great latter day b-movie, 'the payback'.
The overall story just about hangs together all the way through and builds well, essential for this type of movie.
Time spent on the love story is too long given the disproportionate return..
The two leads (and the mother) are less than convincing, stronger performances would have elevated the story.
The 'investigation by the friend' thread, is weak.
I'll give it a 2nd watch some months down the line.
5 out of 10.
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'Victor' has infiltrated the gang he holds responsible for the killing
of both his wife and daughter, he has gained the trust of gang leader
'Alphonse' ........all 'Victor' really seeks is revenge.
'Beatrice' lives in an apartment in full view of 'Victor's' dwelling,
she has footage of a killing he committed, and threatens to expose him
............unless he carry's out a revenge killing for her.
one year ago a drunk driver had ruined 'Beatrice's' life.
each have their own agenda......it's a dangerous path they walk.
tense thriller with some explosive sequences.
great cast-list.
Colin Farrell' at his best.
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on 10 October 2013
Has to be one of the best revenge thrillers of all time.
Just our sort of thing. We watched this at the cinema and had to have our own copy.
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on 3 November 2013
I was surprised by this thriller (and I guess that will happen if you don't read the blurb before watching a film), at the start I thought this was going to be a gangster film. It begins with a crime boss being targeted and trying to find out who's after him. It turns out that the person is one of his trusted lieutenants who is seeking revenge.

Things become complicated when he get's involved with his neighbour who has her own plans for revenge.

It's a slick thriller and Colin Farrell does a good job as the lead and is well balanced by Noomi Rapace's character. The story unfolds at a good pace and the romance works as an integral part rather than a distraction. The main plot is simple enough, but the plan is quite elaborate and keeps things interesting.

Things get a bit crazy towards the end and while it's a sensible conclusion, it's a little over the top compared to the preceding part of the film. It doesn't spoil the film, but it's on odd note to what was quite a considered build up.

All in all I enjoyed watching it, it keeps you entertained all the way through.
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