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Dead Man Down

MPAA Rating: R

Runtime: 1 hour 50 minutes (110 minutes)

Rated R for violence, language throughout and a scene of sexuality.

Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

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3.5 out of 5

Dead Man Down Review

What's Good:
Cast performances, action sequences and story.
What's Bad:
Confusing twists, pace of first-half.
Verdict:
Great performances make the movie watchable throughout, rides on a plot that carries its weight with confidence.
Watch or Not:
Definitely watch it for hyper-action sequences, twisted plot.

Audience Ratings for Dead Man Down

51.0%
31 Ratings
1 2 3 4 5
hate it don't like it it's ok it's good it's great

Plot Summary

DEAD MAN DOWN is an action thriller that stars Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace as two strangers whose mutual desire for revenge draws them together and triggers an escalating trail of mayhem. The film, which also stars Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard and Dominic Cooper, marks the American theatrical debut of director Niels Arden Oplev (the original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo).

Critics Reviews for Dead Man Down

22 Critics like this movie.
Reviews Counted: 18 | Positive Review: 4 | Negative Review: 14 | Average Rating: 2.4/5

Explores a common ground for noir thrillers before stumbling and imploding in a climax that feels like it might have been hijacked from an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

March 10, 2013 Full Review
James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli
ReelViews

While a mob thriller can be as nasty as it likes, what it can't be is silly.
Critic Score: 0.5/4

March 8, 2013 Full Review
Kyle Smith
Kyle Smith
New York Post

More a dark fairy tale about vengeance than the action-packed crime thriller it purports to be, the film is at times exhilarating, bold, and beautiful -- when it's not busy being ludicrous, fragmented, and just plain stupid.

March 8, 2013 Full Review
Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine

Dead Man Down is a very serious thriller featuring very serious stars being very serious about the seriousness at hand.

March 8, 2013 Full Review
Stephanie Zacharek
Film.com

This blend of Scandinavian gloom and Hollywood hokum never jells.
Critic Score: 1/4

March 8, 2013 Full Review
Rafer Guzman
Rafer Guzman
Newsday

Yep, there's a whole lot going on here, but this is one of those plot-heavy scripts that carries its weight with confidence - the intricate twists don't cheat.
Critic Score: 3/4

March 8, 2013 Full Review
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Perhaps if Farrell and Rapace and Oplev had all stayed in Europe - and tried to do a similar script, with half-as-much firepower, and twice as much brainpower - they might have had something worth watching. Instead it's just something worth ducking.
Critic Score: 2/4

March 8, 2013 Full Review
Stephen Whitty
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

The film has been directed in a murky, rhythmless fashion by Niels Arden Oplev, who directed Rapace in the original, and terrific, Swedish-language The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Critic Score: 1.5/4

March 8, 2013 Full Review
Steven Rea
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

A moody twist of hyper-violent vengeance and heartache where death is hand-delivered, mercy is hard to come by and love is never easy.
Critic Score: 3/5

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

A derivative collection of brazen plot holes and latenight-cable cliches.

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Peter Debruge
Variety

The cautionary adage about weaving tangled webs in the process of deception certainly applies to Dead Man Down, an overwrought thriller brought to ground by its own contrivances.
Critic Score: 2/4

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Peter Howell
Peter Howell
Toronto Star

As a gritty thriller, Dead Man Down doesn't stand out among its bullet-riddled brethren.
Critic Score: 2/4

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Claudia Puig
Claudia Puig
USA Today

The movie might have been better if its Swedish director, Niels Arden Oplev, had played with the genre cliches stuffed in this turkey instead of going for straight-up action.
Critic Score: 2/5

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Manohla Dargis
Manohla Dargis
New York Times

It's all so much turgid brooding, dialogue underlined with import, and leaden symbolism involving Rapace's white and red dresses, none of which is salvaged by a typically understated Farrell performance.

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Nick Schager
Village Voice

The screenplay by J. H. Wyman is squirm-inducing in its preposterous dialogue and haphazard plotting.

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Jake Coyle
Associated Press

That crack cast still keeps things involving, especially Rapace's emotionally and physically disfigured Beatrice.

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

Before it devolves into typical American-style action, there's an intriguing, European-style complexity to Dead Man Down.
Critic Score: 3/5

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Joe Neumaier
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Before this urban revenge melodrama falls apart in a clatter of plot absurdities and pretensions, it has its loopy charms.
Critic Score: 2/4

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Ty Burr
Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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