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Published June 2nd 2013
Brilliant performance by Farrell and Rapace not to be missed
Dead Man Down


To finish our lovely weekend my husband and I decided to have a chilled night at the movies seeing the crime thriller Dead Man Down. I've always been a fan of Colin Farrell, but seeing this movie has made me fall in love with him all over again.

This film is all about vengeance. Victor, played by Farrell, is the right-hand man of a New York crime lord, Alphonse Hoyt, who is responsible for the death of Victor's wife and daughter. Wanting to make Alphonse pay, Victor seeks revenge.

Alphonse finds a dead henchman in his basement freezer and gets bits of a chopped-up photo from the mysterious killer. Thinking that the Jamaicans are behind all of this, Alphonse goes to their drug house and shoots the drug dealer responsible (so he thinks).

Meanwhile Victor meets the scar-faced woman, Beatrice (Noomi Rapace), who he's been watching out of his high-rise apartment window. She reveals her true intentions on their first date when she blackmails him by asking him to kill the drunk driver who disfigured her in a car accident. Their shared desire for revenge generates an intensifying trail of chaos.

Victor tries to kill Alphonse in a restaurant and manages to escape when Beatrice, who has been following him, suddenly appears in her car and hides him from Alphonse's men. In addition, Victor kidnaps the Albanian kingpin, Ilir's brother who has been involved in the disposal of Victor's family.

At the same time, Victor's friend, Darcy, follows up on the investigation into the person tormenting Alphonse. The movie climaxes when Darcy discovers that Victor is the man they've been looking for and subdues Beatrice. He confronts Victor over the phone and tells him to go to Alphonse's where they will be waiting for him.

Victor crashes his car into Alphonse's house and the shootout begins. Both Alphonse and Ilir die by shooting each other dead.

Dead Man Down was directed by Niels Arden Oplev, the Danish director of the Swedish-language The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo adaptation. Having watched and read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo a few times I did expect the same sort of brilliance in this film; however, I was disappointed.

The movie was slow paced and having not read the synopsis beforehand it was confusing at first trying to link everything together. About an hour into the movie when Victor told Beatrice about his family it all made sense. I did enjoy some parts of the movie although it seemed bland at times. I was expecting some sort of surprise or shock during the movie but I did not get it.

Unlike typical thrillers, there was minimal anticipation, excitement and suspense. Having said that, Farrell and Rapace's performances are to be commended as I thought they were absolutely brilliant. Like I said, it made me fall in love with Farrell all over again.
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