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.
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.
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." It flounders through character cliché, generic emotions, visually snazzy but nevertheless routine shootouts, and drags through a tedious middle stretch. The performances, save for the miscast Terrence Howard, carry the movie better than any other element.
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.