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Dead Man Down (2013)

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In New York City, a crime lord's right-hand man is helped by a woman seeking retribution.

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Valentine Louzon
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Terry
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Kilroy
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Luco
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Goff
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Charles
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Blotto (as Roy James Wilson) (as Jr.)
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Lance
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Victor, a rising gangland player, has infiltrated the crime empire run by ruthless kingpin Alphonse, with the single purpose of making Alphonse pay for destroying his once happy life. As he meticulously orchestrates his vengeance from his high-rise home, Victor watches and is watched by Beatrice, a mysterious young woman who lives in the apartment across from his. On the surface a fragile woman-child, Beatrice seethes with a rage of her own. When she uncovers Victor's dark secrets, she threatens to expose him unless he helps her carry out her own campaign of retribution. Each fixated on avenging the past, they devise a violent and cathartic plan that could change their worlds forever. Beatrice is kidnapped by Alphonse towards the end, Its a race against time for Victor to save her. Written by FilmDistrict

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Revenge is coming. See more »


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Rated R for violence, language throughout and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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8 March 2013 (USA)  »

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Marcado por la muerte  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,345,250 (USA) (8 March 2013)

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$10,880,926 (USA) (12 April 2013)
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The film cast includes one Oscar winner: F. Murray Abraham; and two Oscar nominees: Isabelle Huppert and Terrence Howard. See more »

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When Victor sends the text 'Did You Get The Key' to Alphonse during the sniper attack, you can see his iPhone is in "iMessage" mode, represented by a blue 'Send' button, which is only iPhone-to-iPhone. However, Alphonse views the message on a generic Android handset, which is not compatible with the iMessage protocol. The iPhone should show a green 'Send' button in that case. See more »

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Darcy: [holding infant son] It wasn't meant to be this way, you know? We make our plans, sure. But life... life is what happens to you along the way. You know, first I didn't want this. I didn't want to connect. I didn't want to get involved. But she kept on with me, you know. This is what life is. This is why we're here. To connect. To... to build. We're here to build something. And then we had Theo. And then I understood that... you know, she was right. We're not meant to be alone. You ...
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References Columbo (1971) See more »

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Cka Me Ka Syni
Written and Performed by Rovena Stefa
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lemon chicken
8 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the seemingly police-less gangland, Dead Man Down takes you through a labyrinth of visually distinct fascinating characters in an existential approach to both the dilemmas of revenge an their consequences. The action is not superfluous and hollow, but done in a way where each beat is well orchestrated with both real purpose and visual panache.

Through the "doll like" character Beatrice and her adjacent complex neighbor Victor, this film manages to portray an engrossing romantic angle highlighted by its believability through the shear awkward yet genuineness of their interactions. After the tonal shift of the reveal there becomes a form dark energy of rapidness that engulfs them. The eyes of Beatrice become dark and manic, full of pain, culminating in an iconic car sequence of dizzying passion.

Alphonse is a very convincing crime lord at the edge of his mental ropes. In a certain scene you can see the instability as his character while he sits in the shadows eying Victor like a shark as he walks into the frame. An effective rendition of a classy character in command after working their way to the top having to once again become savage in order to remain atop his hill. With his main goons we have Killroy the seven foot tall muscular man with the deep booming voice, Terry the skinny tattoo covered man, and Darcy the smart friend of Vicker who becomes the scariest character in his on right.

This film has the pacing and build like an old crime film, complete with dramatic emotionally spilling performances down to its very ending note. The dialog and characters are so fascinating that when the violence begins occurring you generally care about them. The message is not one glorifying revenge as many films succumb to, but one showing the results of their outcome, which the film has many variations of each character must deal with on their own. This film is an original Neo Noir and a complex brooding character piece strung together with the dazzling imagery of humanity and laced through fragile ephemeral happiness. The kind of film that has become a rarity at the box office. Fantastic performances all around.


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