Sunday 3 November 2013

Film Review - Dead Man Down

I was surprised by this thriller (and I guess that will happen if you don't read the blurb before watching a film), at the start I thought this was going to be a gangster film. It begins with a crime boss being targeted and trying to find out who's after him. It turns out that the person is one of his trusted lieutenants who is seeking revenge.

Things become complicated when he get's involved with his neighbour who has her own plans for revenge.

It's a slick thriller and Colin Farrell does a good job as the lead and is well balanced by Noomi Rapace's character. The story unfolds at a good pace and the romance works as an integral part rather than a distraction. The main plot is simple enough, but the plan is quite elaborate and keeps things interesting.

 Things get a bit crazy towards the end and while it's a sensible conclusion, it's a little over the top compared to the preceding part of the film. It doesn't spoil the film, but it's on odd note to what was quite a considered build up.

All in all I enjoyed watching it, it keeps you entertained all the way through.

Danish director Niels Arden Oplev helms this revenge thriller starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace. When merciless crime boss Alphonse (Terrence Howard) discovers a number of his acolytes murdered he turns to his most trusted henchmen, Victor (Farrell) and Darcy (Dominic Cooper), for answers. Little does he know that Victor is the culprit; the killings part of an elaborate scheme to avenge wrongs unknowingly inflicted on him in the past by Alphonse. However, Victor's plans are thrown into disarray when he is drawn into a relationship with his seductive neighbour Beatrice (Rapace), a woman who has her own designs on vengeance. As their chaotic schemes rush towards a violent conclusion, will the pair save each other or destroy each other?

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