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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.

Director:

Niels Arden Oplev

Writer:

J.H. Wyman

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Roy James Wilson ... Blotto (as Roy James Wilson) (as Jr.)
Myles Humphus ... Lance
Stephen Hill ... Roland
Aaron Vexler Aaron Vexler ... Paul
James Biberi ... Ilir
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Storyline

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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Blood demands blood. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

8 March 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marcado por la muerte See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,345,250, 10 March 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,880,926, 14 April 2013
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

When Beatrice is looking at a newspaper cutout about her accident, the headline has the word sentence spelled as "sentance". See more »

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[first lines]
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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Life in Mono
Written by Martin Virgo and John Barry
Performed by Mono
Courtesy of Martin Virgo
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Double Dose of Revenge
9 March 2013 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. On the surface, this looks like just another early season crime thriller. From that perspective, it works well enough. However, there are some elements that add complexity and interest, and set this one above the usual. It's directed by Niels Arden Oplev who was responsible for the original (and very cool) Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This looks to be his first English language feature and he re-teams with the exciting and talented Noomi Rapace.

The film begins with a body in the freezer, and crime boss Alphonse (Terrence Howard) and his crew solving the mystery of who killed his friend and associate. Someone has been tormenting Alphonse with little clues and he falls right into the trap of jumping to conclusions. One member of his crew is Victor (Colin Farrell). We slowly learn more about Victor thanks to an awkward and slow connection between he and his neighbor Beatrice (Ms. Rapace). Their initial acknowledgment of each other is an exchange of waves between balconies. It's an effective visual.

The movie bounces between crime thriller and romantic/love story. The added fun of secret missions from both Victor and Beatrice provide the twist this one needs. Actually there are 4-5 exceptional scenes in the movie which make up for the often plodding pace ... not typically a good thing for a thriller. The pieces are greater than the whole, but that doesn't mean it's not an interesting watch.

In addition to Farrell, Rapace and Howard, we get some really enjoyable support work from Dominic Cooper, Isabelle Huppert and F Murray Abraham. Ms. Huppert in particular adds a touch of class and humor, and her character could have easily been expanded ... same for Mr. Abraham. Cooper plays an idealistic, but not so observant buddy to Victor and loyal crew member of Howard.

This one reminds at times of a couple of Mel Gibson revenge flicks: Payback and Edge of Darkness. What really helps here is the strength of the cast and unusual scars of Victor and Beatrice. A slightly tighter script and improved pacing would have jumped this one a level or two.


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