“Dead Man Down”

March 16th, 2013 at 3:59 pm by under A Look at the Movies

Three-StarRated R
1 hour 35 minutes

Starring: Colin Farrell, Noomie Rapace, Terence Howard

It’s old home week for the star and Director of the original “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”.
They’re back together for “Dead Man Down”, the ultra grim revenge thriller. Noomie Rapace forms an unholy alliance with Gangster Colin Farrell to get the guy who ruined her good looks.
Everyone’s out to get everyone in this dark revenge thriller where each character is more paranoid and twice as vicious as the other.
The brutal violence is sometimes unnecessarily ugly. The tightly wound characters are always on edge. Crime boss Terrence Howard doesn’t trust anyone.
But It’s that ferocious performance from Noomie Rapace that gives “Dead Man Down” its cutting edge.
Her “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” Danish Director vividly recreates an unsettling realism that challenges the audience.
It’s good to see a European director bring his sophisticated world view to what’s essentially a Hollywood style thriller.
“Dead Man Down” is an unpleasant crime drama about unpleasant people, but the picture is gripping, and you may even find yourself attracted to the charismatic characters.
“Dead Man Down” comes up a winner with 3 stars.
It’s one of those bleak thrillers that’s more fascinating than it’s worth…

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