Dead Man Down

User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 188 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 188
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  1. Jul 8, 2013
    2
    Dead Man Down is the worst kind of film, one written hastily with so many side plots and themes that the central concept gets lost in translation so much that it takes literally a third of the film's run time before you find out that the films even about revenge. The film follows Victor (Colin Farrell), a local kingpins right hand man who is planning revenge against the men who killed hisDead Man Down is the worst kind of film, one written hastily with so many side plots and themes that the central concept gets lost in translation so much that it takes literally a third of the film's run time before you find out that the films even about revenge. The film follows Victor (Colin Farrell), a local kingpins right hand man who is planning revenge against the men who killed his family. However when Beatrice (Noomi Rapace), his neighbour witnesses him murder someone in his apartment he is forced to do something for her that may mean his downfall or his salvation. There is no nice way to say it, this is a bad movie, it lacks believable characters, a decent draw and a reason to root for the central character, in fact for the first 30 minutes he just murders people with no justification behind it just because they have guns (because that's a reason to kill anyone in action films apparently). Now Colin Farrell isn't a bad actor, in fact he's quite a good one but he needs the right material and the script in Dead Man Down is just confusing. It's filled with nonsense twists that just make its two leads seem like schizophrenics as it supposedly builds to a tepid finale filled with fake emotions and ridiculously overworked messages that are so heavy-handed it just annoys you. It's filled with uninvolving resolutions and one of the dumbest final conversations in movie history. Rapace has to cope with the worst of it as her character flip flops around unsure on what she is doing, so much so that in one scene she is hitting on Victor and then suddenly she starts yelling at him for no reason, none whatsoever. It's not just a poor script though, its so poorly filmed and packaged it doesn't even qualify as an action film because those scenes are dull and unimpressive. It;s a poor picture unworthy of its two leads. Expand
Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 24
  2. Negative: 8 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Trevor Johnston
    May 3, 2013
    40
    A way-too-leisurely thriller whose destination is fairly obvious from early on, but to which the talented cast apply themselves with effortful seriousness.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 3, 2013
    20
    Director Niels Arden Orpev was in charge of the original "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," starring Rapace, but fails to create a revenge thriller with anything like the same focus.
  3. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Apr 29, 2013
    60
    A pleasingly intricate double (or is it triple?) revenge plot anchored by excellent acting, with a terrific burst of action at the climax.