20 July 2013

Movies: Dead Man Down

Dead Man Down (2013) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2101341/

Victor, an enforcer for a crime lord, is blackmailed by Beatrice, the woman who lives across from him in the highrise. Beatrice watched, and recorded on video, as Victor murdered someone in his apartment. She meets him under the guise of dating, then drops her real motivations on him. She wants revenge on the drunk driver that hit her and ruined her face and life.
As the story unfolds you find out more about Victor's life and why he works for who he does, and how he handles Beatrice's quest for vengeance.

Stars Colin Farrell as Victor, Noomi Rapace as Beatrice.
Farrell, a solid performer, has been in many films over the years and should be a household name by now. Rapace, recently in "Prometheus", was Lisbeth in the original (and better) "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" series films.  Which reminds me I should update that review to include the remake.

Decent thriller film with some action. Once you see the stories unfold you'll realize they aren't especially new, almost cliche at this point. So I have to look past that. I found the performances to be as good as expected considering the cast, the production values were as expected for a bigger budget film, the story was coherent, nothing seemed shoehorned in or pasted on or added frivolously.

Pretty much a well done drama with light action and a hint at romance for those who enjoy some love-story in with their drama/action thrillers.  Not especially groundbreaking or memorable, but not a bad choice for something to watch either.

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