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Dead Man Down

MPAA Rating: R for violence, language throughout and a scene of sexuality.
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Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Action Crime Thriller Drama
Length:
1 hr. 50 min.
Year of Release:
2013
USA Release:
March 8, 2013 (wide—2,175+ theaters)
DVD: July 9, 2013
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becoming consumed with thoughts of revenge

sin

FILM VIOLENCE—How does viewing violence in movies affect families? Answer

severe facial scarring—emotion and physical effects for a woman

Featuring: Colin FarrellVictor
Noomi RapaceBeatrice
Terrence HowardAlphonse
Dominic Cooper … Darcy
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Director: Niels Arden Oplev—“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (2009)
Producer: Automatik Entertainment
Frequency Films
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Distributor: FilmDistrict

“Revenge is coming.”

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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “‘Dead Man Down,’ is an action thriller and portrait of two people caught in the cross-hairs of revenge. Director Oplev and leading lady Noomi Rapace reunite for another thrilling tale of vengeance, with Colin Farrell joining the prestigious team as Victor, right hand man to an underground crime lord in New York City who is seduced and blackmailed by Beatrice (Rapace), a crime victim seeking retribution. Their intense chemistry leads them spiraling into payback delivered in violent catharsis.”

Violence: Extreme / Profanity: Extreme—over 50 f-words, 2 dozen s-words, and other vulgarities / Sex/Nudity: Extreme—sexual intercourse, etc.

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Movie Critics

…demented… while a mob thriller can be as nasty as it likes, what it can’t be is silly. [½/4]
—Kyle Smith, New York Post

…This isn’t edge-of-your-seat stuff—it’s scratch-your-head… [2/5]
—Kimberley Jones, The Austin Chronicle

…before this urban revenge melodrama falls apart in a clatter of plot absurdities and pretensions, it has its loopy charms. …The script by J.H. Wyman steps deeper and deeper into narrative implausibility until you throw up your hands and stop giving the film the benefit of the doubt. … [2/4]
—Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

…a thriller that piles on its absurdities so fast and with such apparent obliviousness that you hope (pray) you’ll soon be watching either a diverting art-film intervention, like Werner Herzog’s remake of “Bad Lieutenant,” or joy riding with one of those rarest of screen delights: the demented howler. …
—Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

… slow-simmering potboiler… twists itself into knots…
—Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

…No way up for gangland noir… The film has been directed in a murky, rhythmless fashion… [1½/4]
—Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

…Its staggered pacing obliterates any sense of the forward momentum needed for the film to actually seem thrilling… Wyman’s script features such radical transgressions as inexplicably abandoned plot threads, cheaply manipulative turnabouts and twists, and crudely delineated character motivations. … [1/4]
—Calum March, Slant Magazine

…The whole message about how unhealthy revenge is might've been better served had more than one or two token bad guys actually lived through the thing. …
—Paul Asay, Plugged In

…Tarantino meets Hitchcock in Niels Arden Oplev’s smartly cast if uninspired American debut. …
—Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter

…A thriller whose intricate twists actually pay off… proves to be a frisky gangster flick cum elaborate thriller cum off-beat romance. … [3/5]
—Rick Groen, The Globe and Mail

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