Monday, August 5, 2013

Movie Review: "Dead Man Down" (2013)

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Movie: "Dead Man Down"
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Year: 2013
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour and 58 minutes

Beatrice (Noomi Rapace) witnesses her neighbor from across the street commit a murder in his apartment, catching the entire thing on her cell phone. She starts to contact the man, named Victor (Colin Farrell). She uses the murder information to blackmail him to murder the man who permanently disfigured her face in an automobile wreck. She quickly learns that Victor is on a mission of his own, a mission for revenge.

Alphonse (Terrance Howard) is a high-ranking drug kingpin who discovers one of his henchmen, Paul, dead in his freezer. Alphonse's life is being threatened, he just doesn't know by whom. Victor is one of Alphonse's cronies, and after saving his life, is in his close circle of trust. Turns out that the very man who saved Alphonse's life could be the man out to get him.

First off, I'd like to say thank you to McDonald's for giving us 6 free Redbox rentals because of their Monopoly game (trust me, folks, that's a lot of McMuffin's). We rarely ever use Redbox because we have Netflix, so it renders the service useless for us...why pay for something we can get with our already paid for subscription of Netflix? Plus, we have to return the movies, which isn't hard in and of itself, but remembering to do it is a pain in the ass.

...But, we can't pass up free DVD rentals, now can we? ;)

I had high hopes for this movie because of its awesome trailer...don't you hate it when trailers are a bajillion times better than the actual movie? With the same director as "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," Noomi Rapace and Niels Arden Oplev seem to have a rapport that works for them, but I don't know if he expected something more gritty than what actually came out on screen. It had its moments of brief intensity, but they were really few and far between. It's much more of a dramatic thriller than an action movie. Sometimes there's a complex plan in play, and sometimes we were left wondering why actions were taken by certain characters...there were a lot of these questionable acts throughout the movie. The plot was decent and the acting was good, it's not a terrible movie, it's just not fantastic or even that memorable. I'm actually sort of disappointed. Oh well, better luck next time, I guess!

My Rating: 5/10
BigJ's Rating: 6/10
IMDB's Rating: 6.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 37%
Do we recommend the film: Meh.

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