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Photo: FilmDistrict

The Movie: Dead Man Down (2013)

Studio: FilmDistrict

Director: Niels Arden Oplev

Starring: Colin Farrell as Victor, Noomi Rapace as Beatrice, Terrence Howard as Alphonse, Dominic Cooper as Darcy, Isabelle Huppert as Valentine Louzon, Franky G as Luco and F. Murray Abraham as Gregor

Screenwriters: J.H. Wyman

RottenTomatoes: 39% MetaCritic: 42/100

Snippet from My Review: (read my full review here)

Dead Man Down feels like something Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, Leon: The Professional) would have directed back in the mid-'90s, though the look is more modernized with a polished sheen and a penchant for slow-mo explosions and blue filters, which cinematographer Paul Cameron (Man on a Ledge, Total Recall) seems to excel in as of late. It doesn't reinvent the wheel, but director Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) does manage to cut the expository moments to a minimum, allowing the film to rise above what could have easily become a direct-to-video feature and turns it into something I don't mind recommending you give a chance.

Starter Questions

Here are a couple questions to help get the conversation started.

1.) My #1 question is what did you think of the final scene? Did you find it as tacky and unnecessary as I did? Do you agree it would have been better if it had merely shown them on the train, staring forward only to give a brief glance at one another before cutting to black and rolling credits?

2.) Do you agree with my Luc Besson comparison?

Now share your thoughts on the film in the comments below and feel free to include spoilers.

  • Guest

    It should have a higher rating on RT. 85% maybe
    Definitely fresh

    • ond

      totally agree!

  • Dale

    Your review nails it by calling it "an even keel, competent movie with solid performances and a plot that unfolds more-or-less as you'd expect it to, but with enough turns in the narrative and character quirks to keep you invested throughout." The two leads have great chemistry and the film looks appropriately dark and menacing. Was there ever a more tortured-looking actor than Colin Farrell?

  • Mikky

    I think Luc Besson might have been an inspiration for Niels but Luc is way more talented in action sequences & his villains are always emblematic which is not the case here. You can also find a lot of sensibility in Besson's movies along with terrific performances (Anne Parillaud in Nikita, Gary Oldman in The Professional) and once again the movie doesn't deliver at these levels. It's watchable but nothing less than a good B-movie. 40/100

  • Aidan

    I liked it but thought there were a lot of unrealistic elements. I would give it a B-

  • lawhs89

    I enjoyed "Parker" better, but this was good also.