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
Director Niels Arden Oplev has disowned the American advertising campaign, which he felt misrepresented the film. He also spoke of budget problems during production, which forced him to speed up the shoot, and of not being able to edit the film the way he would have preferred. See more »
When Victor receives Beatrice's letter, he pulls it from his mailbox. The letter is not formally addressed to him, nor has it been mailed. Beatrice later states she wanted to make sure she put it in the right mailbox. The problem is that Victor's apartment mailbox is the multiple apartment-style mini mailboxes. The mail carrier opens the entire contraption from the top using a key and puts the mail into the individual mailboxes. There are no slots on each box to put mail into without opening the entire contraption. There is no way Beatrice could have put a letter/card into Victor's box without either mailing it, or having access to the entire cluster of boxes. See more »
[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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Dead Man Down: A crime thriller that benefits from strong performances but ultimately fails to deliver.
The greatest part of watching Dead Man Down was hands down the performances, Noomi Repace is absolutely a spell binding actress with unbelievable capabilities as an actress, an it shows in this film. Colin Farrell turns in a likable performance as Victor however, one must wonder if most of his performance was left on the cutting room floor, as with the rest of the film. While the film gains momentum within the first 5 minutes, it then is bogged down with a poorly executed shootout that left you straining your eyes and your brain to make it become sensible but, it never does. In fact, the film as a whole is quite a character driven piece that left the audience wanting to know the resolutions more clearly instead of wondering in convoluted plot twists that become bothersome due to the fact that it becomes a shoot 'em up action film in the third act. Normally, that would be the way to end this type of film if there wasn't so much character development. The film starts to have the milk or the cookies dilemma. On one hand, you have these fantastic performances around the board, each scene giving more and more insight into each character's psyche and then you have these epic scenes of action violence. Unfortunately, the film needed to be told as one or the other. Is it supposed to be clever? Is it supposed to be an action film? Those are some of the questions you'll be asking yourself. Overall, It felt as if the film was confused as to what it wanted to be. At the end of the day, Dead Man Down is a two star movie with 4 star performances. The end product is something that is better left as a rental but definitely worth a one time watch.
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