Dead Man Down is an upcoming action thriller film directed by the acclaimed director, Niels Arden Oplev. Niels Arden Oplev is known for directing the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and this year he makes his American theatrical debut with this new film. Starring in his new movie are Noomi Rapace who was Lisbeth Salander in his Stieg Larsson adaptation of The Girl and joining her is Colin Farrell. Dead Man Down starts off with these two strangers who are irresistibly drawn to each other because of their mutual desire for revenge. This new film also features Dominic Cooper, Terrence Howard and Isabelle Huppert. Check the latest news on this film below:
“Dead Man Down: A Scandinavian Revenge Brought To Hollywood
“Dead Man Down” is an action drama directed by Niels Arden Oplev, who previously directed the critically acclaimed 2009 Swedish made-for-TV movie “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” It marks a big departure for him, as he has previously only directed Danish and Swedish language films. The huge success of his movie adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s novel may well have contributed to his debut in Hollywood.
His new movie stars Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace. Oplev cast Repace in the titular role of his adaptation of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” so audiences should be able to see the benefits of that previous working relationship come through on screen. Farrell plays Victor, a hitman in New York who finds himself seduced by, and then blackmailed into helping, Rapace’s character, Beatrice, as she enacts a murderous revenge plot.
Beatrice is Victor’s new neighbor who records him killing a man in his apartment. On seeing this she knows he is the right man for the job of disposing of a crime boss, Alphonse Hoyt (Terrance Howard), who brutally maimed her, leaving her with a scar down the center of her face. Things are further complicated by the fact that Hoyt is Victor’s boss. It remains to be seen exactly why a professional hitman should allow himself to be blackmailed by a seemingly harmless woman with a single video recording of him, but the trailers suggest that Victor has additional motivations.
Victor already intends to kill Hoyt. Despite Victor being a trusted right hand man for the crime boss, Hoyt’s actions have left Victor’s wife and daughter dead and he is out for revenge. With such aligned goals, it wouldn’t at all be surprising to see a romance flourish between Victor and Beatrice, assuming the two come out of this situation alive. The trailers certainly hint at the natural chemistry between the two.
The trailers are dark and stylish, evoking the director’s roots in Scandinavian crime thrillers. As we’ve come to expect from Hollywood action films however, there are plenty of explosions and special effects on display. The cover of Pink Floyd’s “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” in the trailers is juxtaposed with the intense action, hinting that the movie isn’t just a violent romp. It’s hard to tell just yet how heavily the final movie will lean on its Scandinavian heritage, but the revenge theme is central to many of those movies, including Oplev’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” No doubt WWE Studios and FilmDistrict know that riffing on this popular theme is likely to drive people to the movie in their hordes.”
You can read more at The Examiner by clicking here
Dead Man Down is scheduled to be release in cinemas on March 8th 2012.
Read the latest movie review for “Stand Off” right in this blog