Dead Man Down (2013)
I like the storyline of this show,it attract me so much
This movie is the proof that the world is becoming a sick and dumb place
It’s sentimental, ridiculously long and only occasionally funny
Through painfully honest and emotional moments, the movie becomes irresistibly relatable
Director Niels Arden Oplev gets his U.S. independent debut after his international success in season 2008/2009 with adapting the first part of Stieg Larsson's Millinium trilogy "The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo". In "Dead Man Down" the director gets the full treat by U.S. producer Neal H. Moritz with a 30 Millions U.S. Dollars production budget to translate a solidly written screenplay by former actor J.H. Wyman and utterly fails bring thrilling suspense to screen.The overall ready-to-go cast around Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace and Terrence Howard with further supports from Isabelle Huppert, playing Rapace's mother, F. Murray Abraham, giving an alibi mentor to Farrell's character and a pale looking Dominic Cooper, who seems to be in the fading from the picture. Niels Arden Oplev takes no chances in a collaboration with cinematographer Paul Cameron. The picture's coverage comes out stale by using uninspired slow-dolly-shots on horizontal planes in stretched-out inactive dialogue scenes to give "Dead Man Down" unnecessary dramatic flavors without reaching any momentum of suspense.When the opening scene rolls out, there was still some credit to follow the story-line with interest before the director loses his grip on the motion picture. The cast left only most of the time with dead beats of staring eye-lines into nothing. The chemistry of main characters of Victor and Beatrice are hardly translated into on-screen actions. They mostly stand or seat in an fair interpreted production design by Danish-import Niels Sejer, presenting the usual gritty New York settings with no surprises. Again Director Niels Arden Oplev makes no use of the production value giving to him. Angles on the shot list come out unbalanced. Actors look confused on-screen, creates the feeling that "Dead Man Down" hardly came together in rough-cut-stage.Producers and writer disappointed with the outcome of "Dead Man Down", delaying the preliminary release date from Fall 2012 to Spring 2013. Experienced French editor Frederic Thoraval gets brought to fix what can be fixed, which is usually the all familiar sledge hammer treatment in the final sequence of the picture. Unfortunately by then, the specter does hardly care what happens to the characters in the resolution scene with no suspense given. The forecast of Niels Arden Oplev already finishing his director's job on a remake of the mediocre thriller "Flatliners" from 1990 for Columbia Pictures seems to be in vain.
It's the acting that sets this movie way above so many others. Of course, there has to be a plausible story, and great direction and production. DMD has just about all that is required.I particularly liked the quite-often long pauses between sentences. That is the way real people talk, they stop to think, they look to one side or somewhere else. If I see a movie that is rapid-fire blah-blah, it will spoil the atmosphere. So, not here. Another good point is the occasional scene which does require some dots to be joined, ie, there is no explicit telling, we have to guess or understand what is going on, ie, Victor is seen walking towards Alex's house and a bit later Vic now knows about Alex's credit card payments, so... he must have gone into the house to get that info.Farrell and Rapace and Terence Howard the very suave bad guy, do such a good job, and Cooper is much better than the awful role in Mamma Mia (IMO). Interesting also is the brief mention of the ship "United States", looking a bit sad and neglected now.One event which is not really explained or even hinted at, is the remote gadget which makes a whole lot of other gear blink green lights. - explosives maybe, or a deleted scene? I'm not sure. The brief "extra" feature on the DVD shows how they prepare for the fights and the escape from the fifth floor, interesting. And both Farrell and Rapace say a bit too.
Really solid and heartfelt gangster/revenge film with some interesting and original plot elements thrown in. All of the performances are top notch, and there doesn't seem to be nearly as much suspension of belief as is normally required for this kind of movie, although part of that feeling is no doubt due to how well this production is done. It carries a sense of foreboding doom throughout, but, by modern standards at least, the actual violence depicted is not particularly extreme or gratuitous, instead being rather sporadic, albeit fairly realistic and unpleasant when it does occur. This is one of those seemingly rare films which, while centered around criminals, doesn't seem to glorify them in any way, and, if anything, makes a life of serious crime look like a very bad choice. Another positive point is that the conclusion wasn't completely telegraphed, and so with both bleak and hopeful outcomes on the table, tension was very effectively maintained; however, with that said, it's the ending where this film lost so much of the magic it had been so carefully crafting, and why I dropped it down from a 10 to an 8. Specifically, and I'm sorry if this is a little bit of a spoiler, it was really disappointing when the grand finale degenerated into that of pretty much just another typical action movie, sadly squandering so much of the thoughtful plot development that had gotten it to that point. Suddenly it became necessary to very consciously suspend belief, which really broke much of the spell it had been casting. (My best guess is that someone made the unfortunate mistake of calling in Michael Bay to do some last minute script polishing, no doubt fearing that the film was otherwise too intelligent for broad commercial success.) All things considered though, it was still way, way better than most movies in this genre, which tend to be all quips and no heart.
Underrated, with High Expectation from the Director of the Original, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009) and also Starring "The Girl", Noomi Rapace, this Disappointed many Critics that Wanted that Bottled Lightning to Strike again. Not Quite.Although this is a Complex Neo-Noir with Quirky and Flawed Characters it isn't as Rich as the Aforementioned, but then again, Few Films are. This one is a bit Confusing but is Helped Along with a Moody Atmosphere and Performances. It has a Distinctive European Feel with a Dash of Hollywood Action.The Mix works, mostly, but the Ambiguous Script does not do it Justice. Justice, or Rather Revenge, is the Theme here and its Undercurrent is a bit Heavy Handed but Remains a Satisfying, Offbeat Thriller that is a Great Looking, Dimly Lit Movie where Tone is Everything and it manages to Maintain that Ambiance.Colin Farrell Fans won't be Disappointed. It is Different Enough for those Seeking something that is apart from the Usual Gangster/Action Movies and may be a Surprise for those Jaded Types so used to more of the Same. The Ending is Overly Wild and may not have the Best of Conclusions. It almost seems that the Director might have Sold Out with the Final Scene, but Overall this is a Good Buy.