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. It's a competent release of a film you're unlikely to love.
Summary: Life is what happens to you along the way. Cinema has been so saturated with cookie-cutter pictures with cookie-cutter story lines -- many of them of shoddy-to-poor quality -- that it's sometimes difficult to distinguish one film from another. Many follow similar plot lines, like "man seeks revenge on the killer of his wife and child." Many attempt to cover a lack of novelty with darkly stylish overlays and wannabe cool but ultimately routine shootouts.
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. And what does it mean when WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment…I think) Studios starts producing mainstream Hollywood films? This is has got to be one of the seven signs of the apocalypse.
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 The Dragon Tattoo ; and has a story featuring interesting approaches to themes of family, violence and revenge.