Sunday, March 10, 2013

Dead Man Down

Dead Man Down is the story of a woman, named Beatrice, who coerces a man, named Victor, into killing another after she witnesses him murdering somebody in his apartment. The 2 live across from each other and communicate by waving in a very forced and awkward manner. Just from the beginning of the film, I knew something was going to be wrong. The opening scene is a very dull and lifeless action sequence, and it was very reminiscent of a Renny Harlin film. The overall look to the film was very flat and sterile, too. All I could think about was the movie Mindhunters, in that there is a very good film buried deep within this one. The cinematography was very Kevin Smith. Nothing in this film really stood out. There were a few key moments that were very interesting, but not enough to warrant a viewing. Instead of going into depth on why this movie fails, I'm just going to reference the Director, Neils Arden Oplev, the Director of the original "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo". Clearly, after seeing this, he is a director for hire, and it lends credence to my comparison between the two Dragon Tattoo films. He had a really good story, leading lady and producer to work with, so it was hard to muck that up, where Fincher is an amazing director and knows how to make a good film, so he can make an interesting story out of generic material. Dead Man Down is a neat story, but it is told in a poor way. Colin Farrell wasn't a character, he was a plot device, and I truly believe this was unintentional. I, like a lot of people, do not like Colin Farrell at all, but given a good director, he can give a pretty good performance. The only character that had character was Noomi Repace's Beatrice, and that's because I think that was the limit of Ardev Oplev's story telling capabilities. The whole film comes off like a deep story about a relationship between two vengeful outcasts who have fallen from grace, that has been neutered to appeal to a wider (and American) audience. The characters (or surrogate characters) are all exaggerations and superficial, and I only actually liked Beatrice, I didn't care about anyone else. With that being said, the film does have some truly interesting concepts, but it is ruined because the source is too big for the director to handle. In the hands of a better director, this could have been a truly great film, but as it stands, it is just slightly below average
    -L.K

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