Dead Man Down will premiere in theaters this March 8th 2013 and as early as now people are buzzing with great anticipation when it comes to Niels Arden Oplev’s American theatrical debut. This acclaimed director is known for the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s book. In this new movie, Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace work together to feed their mutual thirst for revenge. Joining them are Isabelle Huppert, Dominic Cooper and Terrence Howard. Check out the verdict for Dead Man Down below:
“Dead Man Down – An Action Film By Niels Arden Oplev With A Touch of Romance
Directed by Niels Arden Oplev – the Danish visionary behind the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – the action thriller set in New York follows a crime lord’s right hand man and the stranger he gets attracted to originally because of their mutual desire for revenge.
Colin Farrell plays Victor, a man who lost everything dear to him and wants someone to pay for it. He meets Beatrice (Noomi Rapace), his apartment complex neighbor, and they become somewhat accomplices in helping each other spill the bloodshed they desire.
Farrell took on the role following 2012′s Seven Psychopaths perhaps hoping that this year’s film will receive the recognition last year’s failed to gather. However, his Down character seemed to confuse the audience a bit. Look at it this way: an Irish actor with his own thick accent plays a Hungarian character who in the film says he tried to lose his Hungarian accent and replace it with a New York one.
Farrell’s attempt, and fail, at layering accents resulted in my friend asking me during the film screening if Farrell was playing an Irish character.
Not a good sign.
On the other hand, he does provide a good amount of action in the film reminiscent of his Total Recall and S.W.A.T days. His character is determined, focused, displays impressive rifle skills and gets rid of anyone in his way. He hangs one guy off of a building and kills another by letting rats climb all over his body. Gruesome but expected considering Oplev’s graphic big screen adaptation of Dragon Tattoo
Viewers commend Victor for his vigilance and passion but question his motives and tactics, a contrast that makes him a character we do not know what to make of until the film is over. He deceives the world about who he is all in the hopes of doing what he things is right, which is killing others to appease his own suffering. His character is no doubt complex and that creates a certain intrigue for viewers to follow him through his journey.”
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Don’t miss Dead Man Down as it opens tomorrow, March 8th 2013!
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