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This review is from: Deadfall [Blu-ray]  [US Import] (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.
THE ACTION in this movie is really quite impressive - especially for a small budget. There is a snowmobile chase that is practically a dog fight - yet completely realistic and well choreographed. No ridiculous stunts here, yet I honestly found my heart pounding just a little. Gun play is also very well done with enough bang, but no ridiculous shots that make one smirk. All the fights were well choreographed to include a knife fight.
Performances: Eric Bana of course leads the list here with a bearing of southern manners that allows for some comedic juxtaposition against the horror of the situation. It's done with a completely straight face and brilliant delivery that will make you laugh even though the situation is not cartoonish or silly in any way. Very skillful device including the Thanksgiving dinner event. Make no mistake, Addison (Bana's character) is a remorseless killer. This doesn't mean he isn't capable of compassion or civility in his own broken way. Olivia Wilde can make you believe even her brother would desire her. Kate Mara has been around a while for a young actress, but really deserves all the top billing and success life can throw her. Here she is perfect as the adorable little daddy's girl who can also perceive and control a situation when other's dismiss her (she is a policeman on her father's force looking for the killers).
I am not going to tell you this is the most perfect movie of all time. However, what they accomplished for so little is very unusual for an American movie. If the premise is interesting to you at all, do not miss this.
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Initial post: 9 Jan 2014 20:22:17 GMT
Excellent review. Thank you!
Posted on 1 Apr 2014 06:34:01 BDT
Alison Petrie says:
We saw this on Sunday. I am a big Eric Bana fan and we both like Charlie Hunnan as avid watchers of "Sons of Anarchy".
Your review really says everything that is good about the film. Don't think it got a cinema release in the UK but it was excellent - we were both held right up until the end.
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