Dead Man Running (2009)
Critics Consensus: Poor performances, stiff dialogue, flat characters, and an unimaginative stab at the mood of the Guy Ritchie crime caper make Dead Man Running into a hooligan tale with little to offer.
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Two desperate criminals (Danny Dyer and Tamer Hassan) race to raise $100,000 in just 24 hour hours in order to pay off a ruthless drug kingpin (Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson) in this stylish action thriller from writer/director Alex De Rakoff. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Critic Reviews for Dead Man Running
This budget-conscious, simplistically plotted and often cringingly performed crime caper is not quite as inauspicious a producing debut as one might have expected.
Hardly an unpleasant ride to take, but this is ultimately the epitome of disposable entertainment.
If Guy Ritchie lost interest while making another cockney-geezer caper and tried to get himself sacked by deliberately turning in half-hearted work, the result of his non-efforts might look something like this film.
A little uncertain in tone, but brisk and likely to go down well with the patrons of Albert Square's Queen Vic.
The real issue is that these are all stock characters with nothing to say, which leaves them feeling stiff and uninteresting.
It has a quality cast, but we've run round this track too many times, while the script jogs from scene to scene without any surprises.
Too dark and cumbersome as a comedy, too weak and unlikely as a drama, this retro Ritchie wannabe has an eye-catching cast but can't decide between the cartoon and the kitchen sink.
Dead Man Running feels like something cobbled together after a cynical producer saw Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and decided to cash in. Except it is ten years too late.
It'll shift serious DVD units, and is not as bad as it could have been.
Without a steady build of tension, 90 minutes ends up feeling like two hours. More like Dead Man Plodding.
Neither a total shambles or a triumph, it should appeal to fans of the cockney crime genre. Anyone else may find it a right pain in the Khyber.
The combined effect is amiable rubbish embodied by Dyer, who continues to walk a tightrope between laughing stock and national treasure.
It ticks all the right boxes for the Brit crime genre and won't disappoint fans of Guy Ritchie's oeuvre, even if it lacks the flair that once made the latter's films so popular.
Alongside football hooliganism, mad cow disease and Joss Stone, the modern British crime movie may be the export of which we're least proud.
This British gangster movie has nicked the style and plot of Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, well, er, lock and stock.
Is there any way of stemming the flow of post-Guy Ritchie cockney crime comedies? Would, say, sticking Danny Dyer's head on a pike somewhere in Bethnal Green be enough of a deterrent? Because I for one would be willing to pay that price.
Dead Man Running feels like the last gasp of the Guy Ritchie dodgy deals and diamond geezers genre.
To be fair, as Danny Dyer movies go, Dead Man Running is better than average, thanks to his likeable chemistry with Hassan and a lively, if predictable plot.
Audience Reviews for Dead Man Running
My predicted rating: 3 stars
If I said I watched a film about some friends in London who borrowed £100k and have a time limit in which to pay it back to some Gangsters, whilst trying to juggle lots of distracting characters along the way, throw in a bare knuckle boxer, a fixed bet and a famous name from across the pond, you'd think it had Guy Ritchie written all over it!
With a full cast of British Actors (and one 50 Cent), the idea is clearly based on the Guy Ritchie films, but not quite as stylish. It was predictable in parts and both Dyer and Hassan are their usual typecast selves, but when all is said and done, it was quite funny in parts and made for easy watching, Brenda Blethyn was comical and provided the best performance of the film and all in all it was an easy watching, enjoyable copycat film.
First of all, don't pass on this because 50 cent is listed in the cast. He has about 7 min of scenes...and trust me, that's more than enough. This movie definitely had that British action comedy vibe, but I laughed out loud more than a few times (plus a few giggles), and was thoroughly entertained. The characters were really good - the star, his sidekick, the mom, and the girlfriend were all pretty funny. Definitely worth a watch!More
A smart, stylish, funny and hugely enjoyable crime-thriller. An edgy, fun and cool as hell adrenaline-pumping thrill-ride. It packs a great amount of twist, surprises, humor and great characters. A sharp and well-crafted crime film. It be a crime to miss it. It echos of the slick, cool groove of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Tammer Hassan and Danny Dyer are fantastic together. Curtis Jackson gives an exceptional performance.More
To be fair, as Danny Dyer movies go, Dead Man Running is better than average, thanks to his likeable chemistry with Hassan and a lively, if predictable plot. But Dead Man Running feels like something cobbled together after a cynical producer saw Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and decided to cash in. Except it is ten years too late.More
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