Excerpt: Hungarian immigrant Victor (Colin Farrell) institutes a viciously unflinching campaign of aggression against a New York crime boss who murdered Victor’s kin as Dead Man Down jumps into its narrative struggle.
Excerpt: The vast array of films out there are a double edged sword. On one hand, it’s nice to have such a diverse group of films and on the other hand, even with this diversity I sometimes feel like I’ve seen everything before.
Conclusion: I first screened 'Dead Man Down' several weeks prior to its U.S. theatrical release, long before it had word-of-mouth or a Tomatometer score. After seeing it, I wiped the drool from my mouth and couldn't wait until embargo lifted so that I could actually talk about the film.
Conclusion: Dead Man Down is a notch or two above how good most WWE movies look (I can't confess to having seen any others), but it still makes for an underwhelming thriller too dark, long, and convoluted to hold your attention. Sony's Blu-ray combo pack supplies adequate picture, sound, and bonus features.
Conclusion: So, yes, there's a pulse, but it's faint. Dead Man Down is at least a well-crafted and occasionally compelling picture, but never is it remotely riveting or anywhere in the ballpark of "new.
Excerpt: "So many screenwriters are taught to be economical," Dead Man Down scribe J.H. Wyman told Film.com in a recent interview, "and I don't really understand that." Given that his new thriller proceeds at roughly the pace of Sátántangó before finally clocking in at a supremely overlong two hours, a...
Excerpt: There was a lot of potential in Dead Man Down . The film boasts a truly stellar cast of performers who don’t often get all the credit their due; it’s directed by Danish filmmaker Neils Arden Oplev, who made a major impact on the film world in 2009 directing the Swedish adaptation of The Girl With...
Excerpt: Dead Man Down , the grimy English-language directorial debut of Niels Arden Oplev, who helmed the Swedish adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo , is really two forgettable films, dimly battling for supremacy.