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In New York City, a crime lord's right-hand man is seduced by a woman seeking retribution. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Colin Farrell ... Victor

Noomi Rapace ... Beatrice

Terrence Howard ... Alphonse

Dominic Cooper ... Darcy

Isabelle Huppert ... Valentine Louzon

Luis Da Silva Jr. ... Terry

Stu Bennett ... Kilroy

Franky G ... Luco

Declan Mulvey ... Goff

John Cenatiempo ... Charles

Roy James Wilson ... Blotto (as Roy James Wilson, Jr.)

Myles Humphus ... Lance

Stephen Hill ... Roland

Aaron Vexler ... Paul

James Biberi ... Ilir

F. Murray Abraham ... Gregor

Andrew Stewart-Jones ... Harry

Krystal Tini ... Harry's Girl
William Zielinski ... Alex

Jessica Jean Wilson ... Alex's Girl
Christopher Cline ... Doctor
Kimberly S. Fairbanks ... Nurse

Michael McKiddy ... FedEx Guy

Beata Dalton ... Anka (as Beata Alexandra Dalton)

Accalia Quintana ... Delphine
Jay Santiago ... Latin Man (as J. Santiago)
Maria Laboy ... Matilde
Saul Stein ... Andras

Roy Milton Davis ... Derelict

Armand Assante ... Lon Gordon
Robert Vataj ... Albanian Hostage

Jennifer Mudge ... Florence

Giuseppe Bausilio ... Teenager in Sunglasses
Thoreau Arden Pedersen ... Teenager #1

Rachel Resheff ... Teenager #2
Kahlil Middleton ... Teenager #3
Jennifer Lee Wong ... Client with One Eyebrow

Ante Novakovic ... Peter

Kresh Novakovic ... Carl

Bobby Beckles ... Harry's Jamaican #1

Raw Leiba ... Harry's Jamaican #2

Hisham Tawfiq ... Harry's Jamaican #3

Nnamdi Nwosa ... Harry's Jamaican #4

R. Marcus Taylor ... Harry's Jamaican #5

Jeremy Sample ... Harry's Jamaican #6
John Wooten ... Harry's Jamaican #7
Stephen Mann ... Albanian #1

Aleksander Mici ... Albanian #2
Stephen Esposito ... Albanian #3

Adam Wood ... Albanian #4
Thomas La Marche ... Albanian #5 (as Tom Lamarche)
Steven Gagliano ... Albanian #6
Heather Walker ... Lise
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gina Allegro ... Business Woman (uncredited)

Dario Barosso ... Street teen (uncredited)

Robert Bizik ... Wall Street Executive (uncredited)
Jennifer Butler ... Jeep Driver (uncredited)

Bill Chemerka ... Albanian Elder (uncredited)
Michael Connolly ... Standin-in for Robert Vataj (uncredited)
Christian Dorsey ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Cindy Engle ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Shawn Gonzalez ... Stand-in for Luis Da Silva Jr (uncredited)

David Kneeream ... Business Man (uncredited)

Michael J. Kraycik ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Derek Larthey ... Train Passenger (uncredited)

Raymond Mamrak ... NYPD Officer Daniels (uncredited)

Melissa Merry ... Shopper (uncredited)
John Mitchell ... Wall Street Executive (uncredited)
Jeffrey Mowery ... Cabbie (uncredited)

Justin S. Myrick ... Street Teen (uncredited)
Mihir Pathak ... Indian Cab Driver (uncredited)
Michelle Santiago ... Train passenger (uncredited)
Aleksandra Svetlichnaya ... Salon Customer (uncredited)

Joe Zarriello ... Busboy (uncredited)
Aileen Zoccola ... Screaming Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Niels Arden Oplev 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
J.H. Wyman (written by)

Produced by
Bailey Conway .... production executive
Stuart Ford .... executive producer
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones .... executive producer
Michael J. Luisi .... executive producer (as Michael Luisi)
Ori Marmur .... executive producer
Neal H. Moritz .... producer
Deepak Nayar .... executive producer
Peter Schlessel .... executive producer
Reid Shane .... executive producer
Steven Squillante .... co-executive producer
J.H. Wyman .... producer
Joseph Zolfo .... co-executive producer
 
Original Music by
Jacob Groth 
 
Cinematography by
Paul Cameron (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Timothy A. Good 
Frédéric Thoraval 
 
Casting by
Amanda Mackey Johnson 
 
Production Design by
Niels Sejer 
 
Art Direction by
Jesse Rosenthal 
 
Set Decoration by
Chryss Hionis 
 
Costume Design by
Renee Ehrlich Kalfus 
 
Makeup Department
Diane Dixon .... key hair stylist
Diane Heller .... key makeup artist
Stephen Kelley .... special makeup effects artist
Todd Kleitsch .... makeup designer and department head
Sacha Quarles .... hair department head
Björn Rehbein .... personal makeup artist: Noomi Rapace
Clinton Wayne .... prosthetic supply
 
Production Management
Tim Pedegana .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kate Bogle .... second second assistant director
Dieter 'Dietman' Busch .... first assistant director (as Dieter Busch)
Julie Cummings .... second second assistant director
Andrew Fiero .... second assistant director
Joshua A. Friedman .... second second assistant director: 2nd Unit
Vincent Giarratano .... additional second assistant director
Murphy Occhino .... second assistant director
Michael Pitt .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Scott G. Anderson .... assistant art director (as Scott Anderson)
Krzysztof J. Bratun .... scenic foreman
John Davis .... storyboard artist
Eric de Jesus .... scenic
Elizabeth Duby .... scenic
Chip Eccles .... shop craftsperson
Michael T. Galvin .... leadman
Frank Grasso .... best boy construction grip
Jesse Hegney .... set dresser
Joseph Hiatt .... painter
Keith Hockins .... scenic
Edward J. Johnson .... carpenter
Erika S. Katz .... set dressing foreman
Kevin Kindle .... art department assistant
William Lance .... painter
Salli Lindgreen .... art department intern
Dennis Madigan .... set dresser
Paul Maiello .... construction coordinator
Janice E. Manser .... draper
James Mazzola .... property master
Arizona Newsum .... art department coordinator
Niles Norton .... carpenter
Sharon Potts .... set dressing shop manager
Stephen Powers .... props
Rob Prince .... scenic
Kevin L. Raper .... additional graphic artist
Billy Stearne .... set dresser
Nell Stifel .... scenic charge
Bruce Sumerfield .... set decoration buyer
Dane Wilson .... carpenter
Stephen Wolff .... shop craft
Linda Yeckley .... scenic
 
Sound Department
Henry Auerbach .... dialogue editor
Wade Barnett .... adr recordist
Vince Camuto Sr. .... boom operator
Patrick Christensen .... adr engineer
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer
Brian Dunlop .... foley editor
Jesse Ehredt .... sound recordist
David Esparza .... sound effects editor
Justin Herman .... sound engineer
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
James Hyde .... adr recordist
Robert Jackson .... dialogue and adr editor
Robert Jackson .... supervising adr editor (as Robert C. Jackson)
Brian Jordan .... utility
Chris Kellet .... additional sound mixer
Nick Kray .... adr mixer
Tim Limer .... sound recordist
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer
Tom Nelson .... production sound mixer
Sarah Payan .... dialogue editor
A. Josh Reinhardt .... sound mixer
Ric Schnupp .... adr mixer
Ric Schnupp .... adr recordist
Peter Schultz .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Schultz .... supervising sound editor
Leslie Shatz .... supervising re-recording mixer
Callie Thurman .... assistant sound editor
Irene Vinader .... assistant foley editor
Mike Weber .... adr recordist
 
Special Effects by
Drew Jiritano Jr. .... special effects assistant
Drew Jiritano .... special effects coordinator
Richard Moran .... special effects assistant (as Rich Moran)
Andrew Mortelliti .... special effects foreman
Joseph Mortelliti .... special effects assistant (as Joe Mortelliti)
Stephen Powers .... special effects
Mark Vicidomini .... special effects production assistant
Thomas Viviano .... special effects assistant (as Tom Viviano)
 
Visual Effects by
Hazra Anup .... matchmove artist
Yogesh Badhe .... digital compositor
Zeljko Barcan .... fx supervisor: Reliance MediaWorks
Tricia Barrett .... compositor
Vijay Bharadwaj .... lead fx
Vijay Bhardwaj .... digital effects artist
Prakash Bhoir .... senior compositor
Jayesh Chavan .... digital compositor
Rupesh Chetri .... compositing supervisor
David Emeny .... digital compositor
Oniel Fernandes .... digital compositor
Jason Gottlieb .... digital compositor
Pradeep Gownipuram .... digital compositor
Joel Griffen .... visual effects editor
Ethan Henerey .... vfx editor
Anish Holla .... render wrangler/render support
Thomas M. Horton .... visual effects executive producer: Reliance MediaWorks London
Marc Hutchings .... lead compositor
Ilamuruguselvan .... senior compositor
Akhilesh Jain .... lead digital compositor
Ramesh Karthikeyan .... qc supervisor: vensat
Himanshu Khurana .... matchmove supervisor
Sudheesh Kk .... compositor
Saumitra Kumar .... modeller
Bob Lowery .... visual effects executive producer: Dive
Arman Mafi .... visual effects compositor
Rick McMahon .... compositor
Kiran Medhekar .... digital compositor
Ed Mendez .... on-set visual effects supervisor
Mark Michaels .... vfx supervisor: Reliance MediaWorks
Balaji Muppalla .... visual effects
Dheeraj Nakra .... lighting artist
Avadhut Nerurkar .... render wrangler/render support
Collette Nunes .... visual effects editor
Nick Ocean .... visual effects production supervisor
Saurabh Pandey .... compositor
Parag Patel .... visual effects artist
Uppu Pavanrajesh .... compositing supervisor
Joseph Vincent Pike .... lead digital compositor
Raju .... 3D generalist technical director: VenSat Tech
Sasmit Ranadive .... effects artist
Prabhamrit Raryan .... digital compositor
Todd Rawiszer .... plate photography
Dhumal Sagar .... digital compositor
Stalin Saravanan .... visual effects supervisor
Sathiyakumar .... matchmove artist
Taruna Sehgal .... visual effects artist
Taruna Sehgal .... visual effects
Amjad Shaikh .... generalist
Scott Shapiro .... visual effects producer
Andrew Shibi .... project manager
Vaidehi Shinde .... matte painter
Sanjot Sonalkar .... visual effects producer: Reliance MediaWorks
Marque Pierre Sondergaard .... vfx runner
Hardik Trivedi .... matchmove artist
Liam Tully .... visual effects line producer
Venkat Karunakar Uday .... visual effects artist
Juvenal Vique .... digital compositor
Sachin Vishwas .... digital compositor
Shivaji Waikhom .... compositor
Radkrish .... matte painting (uncredited)
Abhinav Sah .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Joseph Basile .... precision driver
Jay Carrado .... stunt double: Luis Da Silva
Chris Cenatiempo .... stunts
Alex Daniels .... stunt performer
Jayson Dumenigo .... stunts
Freddy Esposito .... stunt player
Donald John Hewitt .... stunts
Myles Humphus .... utility stunts
Thomas La Marche .... stunts
Raw Leiba .... utility stunts
Stephen Mann .... stunt performer
Declan Mulvey .... stunts
Gabriel Nunez .... stunt double: Colin Farell
Nnamdi Nwosa .... stunts
David Ott .... utility stunts
Peewee Piemonte .... stunt co-coordinator (as Pee Wee Piemonte)
Peewee Piemonte .... utility stunts
Jeremy Sample .... stunts
Carolyn Sapp Daniels .... stunt driver
David Shumbris .... stunt double
Brian Smyj .... stunt coordinator
Tim Soergel .... stunt double: Wade Barrett
Arthur Swain .... stunt driver
R. Marcus Taylor .... stunts
Aaron Vexler .... stunt player
Caroline Vexler .... stunt double
Anthony Vincent .... stunts
Adam Wood .... stunt performer
John Wooten .... utility stunts
Jeffrey Mowery .... precision driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Baer .... still photographer
Daniel Beaman .... dolly grip
Dane Brehm .... digital image technician
Bob Calandro .... grip
Art Cipollone .... assistant video assist technician
Chris Connelly .... grip
Daniel C. Cook .... second assistant camera: "C" camera
Caswell Cooke .... grip
Jason Cortazzo .... libra head technician
Thomas Devine .... house electrician
William P. Fiedler .... best boy / electric
Gerard Fiore .... rigging grip
Michael Gallart .... assistant chief lighting technician: rigging
Edward R. Geller .... rigging grip
Christopher Heikel .... electrician
Matt Imbrogno .... electrician
Lukasz Jogalla .... director of photography: additional photography
Keitt .... first assistant camera: "c" camera
Ed Koza .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Robert Lau .... additional first assistant camera
Michael Leonard .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Travis Libin .... camera production assistant
Scott Maguire .... camera operator
Joe Angel Martinez .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Dave McAllister .... key rigging grip
George McCartin .... data manager
James McMillan .... key grip
Joe Mellon .... dolly grip
Richard A. Mitchell .... rigging best boy
Jerad Molkenthin .... rigging electrician
Christopher Murphy .... video assist technician
Marc-Eric Nielsen .... second assistant camera
Mike Panczenko Jr. .... second assistant camera
Leon Sanginiti .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Ben Schwartz .... additional digital imaging technician
Ken Shibata .... gaffer
Michael M. Silver .... gaffer: second unit
Christopher Smith .... electrician
Nathan Spencer .... rf technician
David Taicher .... camera operator
David Taicher .... steadicam operator
 
Casting Department
Veronika Lee Daddona .... extras casting associate
Melcher Fabi .... extras casting assistant
Diane Heery .... casting
Colleen Kay .... casting associate
Jason Loftus .... casting
Nick Makedon .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Teresa Binder .... key costumer
Lorraine Calvert .... assistant costume designer
Sharon Curley .... costume coordinator
Trenton Dallas .... set costumer new york
Tara Giancaspro .... costume intern
Honora Jackson .... set costumer
Kara Morasco .... tailor
Teri-Lyn Pugliese .... stylist
Gina Scarnati .... set costumer
Faye Sevilla .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Jill Bogdanowicz .... senior digital intermediate colorist
Pete Conlin .... post production
Kaitlyn Fox .... dailies supervisor
Joel Griffen .... first assistant editor
Jonathan Hoffman .... post production
Suraj Kaur Khalsa .... post-production coordinator
Bryan Lamoureux .... first assistant editor
Allyse Manoff .... digital intermediate producer
Brian Reali .... dailies producer
Derek M. Schneider .... data technician
John-Michael Trojan .... color pipeline manager
Darin Wooldridge .... home video mastering colorist
 
Music Department
Charles M. Barsamian .... music business & legal executive
Ole Bo .... score chief assistant
Ole Bo .... score co-producer
Lasse Elkjær .... extra orchestration
James Gibb .... executive music producer
Jacob Groth .... composer: theme music
Martin K-Soefeldt .... studio manager
Alastair King .... conductor
Alastair King .... orchestrator
Jørgen Knub .... first recording engineer (as Joergen Knub)
Sören Möller .... score chief assistant (as Soeren Moeller)
Sören Möller .... score co-producer (as Soeren Moeller)
Lars Nissen .... second recording engineer
Maggie Rodford .... music supervisor
Andy Ross .... music coordinator
Derek Somaru .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Gary Fabiano .... driver
Larry Oscar .... picture car mechanic
Gabe Turiello .... camera car
Newt Wallen .... production driver
 
Other crew
Jared Acosta .... stand-in
Jon Applebaum .... key office production assistant
Sam Arthurs .... armorer
Brian Bell .... production assistant
Karen Bender .... assistant to niels arden oplev
Kevin Bowe .... payroll accountant
Tim Bradley .... key production assistant
Mike Brant .... assistant to producer
Corey Brown .... stand-in/photo double: Terrence Howard
Joe Cappelletti .... adr voice director
Brian Chasey .... location assistant
Joshua J. Clarke .... location assistant
Angie Conners .... international marketing
Joe Cunningham .... production office intern
Joe Cunningham .... production office intern: New York Unit
Judy Dickerson .... dialect coach: Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper
Katie Diesinger .... production assistant
Dianne Dreyer .... script supervisor
Nick Dronick .... production assistant
Nolan Dunbar .... assistant: J.H. Wyman
Gloria A Feralio .... stand in for isabelle huppert
Joshua A. Friedman .... production assistant
Sean Galczyk .... locations production assistant
John Galloway .... assistant location manager
Ryan Goldberg .... set production assistant
Jesse Goldsmith .... post production assistant
Chris Gormley .... assistant location manager
Michael Grigsby .... production accountant
Vanessa Gutin .... assistant production coordinator
Staci Hagenbaugh .... location manager
Lorraine Hawk .... accounting clerk
Lauren Heath .... production coordinator: ny unit
Nancy Hirami .... for wwe studios - post production executive
Rob Horwitz .... production assistant
Kevin Howley .... production assistant
Peter Hutchison .... completion bond company representative: Film Finances, Inc.
Ian Jarrell .... stand in: Terrence Howard
Benjamin Kanes .... stand-in: Colin Farrell
Nick Klinger .... production secretary
Sara Lynn Krupnick .... production assistant
Meghan Lechette .... production assistant
Mela Lee .... adr voice replacement
Jessica Levin .... production assistant
Robert A. Levine .... unit publicist
Lori Lewis .... for wwe studios - production finance controller
Simon D. Lorady .... production assistant
Gine Lui .... location scout
Brian Matthews .... production assistant
Brendan McHugh .... second assistant accountant
Mark Millner .... production assistant
Parvaneh Mireille .... production staff
Jacquelyn Moses .... production assistant
Jennie Myers .... key second assistant accountant
Nico Nepola .... production assistant
Jakob Nines .... location assistant
Brian Nitzkin .... business & legal affairs
Ante Novakovic .... executive assistant: Colin Farrell
John Piazza .... additional production assistant
Sharon Pinkenson .... film commissioner: Greater Philadelphia Film Office
Elizabeth Powell .... business & legal affairs
David Raynor .... production coordinator
Carissa Rosado .... production assistant
Christina Rosado .... production assistant
Jamie Rose .... locations production assistant
Justin Rosini .... assistant location manager: new york
Rip Russell .... first assistant accountant
Christopher Sneade .... location coordinator
Kyle Sparano .... location assistant
Traci Spicer .... location assistant
Laura Stabilini .... photo double/stand-in: Noomi Rapace
Todd Steiner .... production finance
Max Strand .... office production assistant
Daniel Strol .... location manager: NY
Marisa Taylor .... production assistant
Alana Torres .... production assistant
Sean Traynor .... locations production assistant
Brianna Vander Horn .... production assistant
Denise Violante .... production assistant
Steph Walthall .... production assistant
Laurel Whitney .... office production assistant: NY Unit
Laurel Whitney .... office production assistant: New York unit
Kevin Wigfall .... assistant: Terrence Howard (uncredited)
Nicole A. Wong .... production assistant
Chris Wright Jr. .... production assistant
Phil Wright .... additional set production assistant
Todd Anthony .... stand-in: Terrence Howard (uncredited)
Troy L. Coffee .... locations (uncredited)
Collin Leahy .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Amitabh Jhunjhunwala .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for violence, language throughout and a scene of sexuality
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118 min
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Stu Bennett ("Kilroy") performs as a professional wrestler for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) under the name Wade Barrett. WWE Films is one of the producers of this film.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When Beatrice and Victor speed away from the home of the driver of her accident, she pulls the emergency brake on his truck. Full size trucks, a Dodge Ram in this case, have the emergency brake pedals to the far left of the driver, not levers like in small cars. Victor would have had to initiate the brake, not Beatrice.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...
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73 out of 92 people found the following review useful.
An intelligent thriller that takes its time dishing out retribution., 13 May 2013
Author: TheSquiss

Dead Man Down is a surprise and an exceptionally rewarding viewing experience. This is an intelligent thriller packed with action that takes its time to unfold and finally wanders off into the sunset leaving the viewer invigorated and satisfied, but ready for another bout.

Victor (Colin Farrell) is a player in in gangland kingpin Alphonse's (Terrence Howard) empire and, though he gives the appearance of being Alphonse's right-hand man, his intentions towards the crime lord are decidedly darker. Meanwhile, the girl in the apartment opposite, Beatrice (Noomi Rapace), watches him dispatch an adversary and blackmails him into dishing out a generous serving of retribution that she herself is unable (or unwilling) to administer.

Neils Arden Oplev (the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and currently shooting Stephen King's Under the Dome) peels back layer after layer to reveal ever-rawer characters and emotions in Dead Man Down. It isn't just about unfolding the story, though he does so beautifully, it is more about filling out the characters carefully so that we understand what makes them tick. No, what makes them angry.

There are some severely damaged characters on display here but their emotions, their actions, come across as not just understandable but entirely justified. Forget petty crooks with violent whims, Victor and Beatrice have given serious thought to their revenge but that doesn't make them shallow or irredeemable.

While Victor bubbles along in a coldly, organized manner, Beatrice rages under her skin. On the surface she is the cool cat but the confusion, the maelstrom of rage, bitterness and loss, swirls within her so that she is potentially dangerous to herself and Victor. It is tempting to use the old cliché of both Farrell and Rapace 'never being better' but it isn't true in her case; she is frequently this good, even if the films don't always match her talent. In Farrell's case, he has so many under-performing films (London Boulevard, Tigerland) and the odd turkey (Total Recall) on his CV that it is easy to forget that he is generally on very fine form. Don't believe me? Look again at Phone Booth, In Bruges…

Howard has a reputation in the industry of being 'difficult' (note the recasting of Colonel Rhodes in the Iron Man sequels) but his body of work is extraordinary and the intensity of his performance in Dead Man Down makes it blindingly obvious why he's a good bet on screen. There's no Nicolas Cage-type ranting, just a considered, quiet violence to his Alphonse.

Dominic Cooper slips along in Dead Man Down, not at all unremarkable, but just another fine actor and a superbly cast film. As Darcy, another of Alphonse's mob and friend of the traitorous Victor, he comes across as a good(ish) guy who's unfortunate to be caught up in entirely the wrong job in the wrong place at the wrong time. He doesn't steal scenes here but he fills them out, he completes them, knowing his place in the hierarchy of the mob and his billing in the film.

Oplev has crafted a very fine thriller indeed. The drama excites, the explosions scorch the skin but what makes Dead Man Down stand above so many others in the genre (I'm talking to you, Welcome to the Punch) is not the ramped up action but the stillness and the time and care he takes over his characters and the setting of the atmosphere. He allows us time to enjoy the clinking of ice-cubes in glasses as Victor and Beatrice consider each other and, strangely for a director of an action flick, allows the dialogue to do the talking rather than the gunshots and the car chases.

Dead Man Down is at times gentle but always thrilling and the pauses in the action don't ever detract from the pace. Conversely, they make it more intense and a film that truly deserves to register at the box office in spite of the big-buck, megastar vehicles of Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness. I fear it will be another 'underperforming' film on Farrell's CV, but don't for a minute confuse that with being a flop. The dead man might be down but he definitely isn't out.

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