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Dead Man Down feels like two different films struggling against each other. One a brooding Euro thriller, the other a clunky Hollywood actioner. Neither really works.
| Original Score: 2/5
There are a couple of decent action scenes but this is just too ridiculous to be taken as seriously as it expects to be. With a slight re-edit, it could be re-released as Naked Gun 4.
It's a modern-day, edgy love story at heart ... The climatic ending ... is pretty spectacular ... Though nothing new, it's beautifully realised and shot.
| Original Score: 4/5
Needless to say, the whole thing builds towards a big shoot-out, but none of the action is executed with any verve or style.
Dead Man Down is a self-consciously dark movie that's ultimately let down by JH Wyman's script.
As with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Oplev uses darkness to convey atmosphere despite the overt crispness of the movie's digital look. Some old-fashioned celluloid grain would have done it the world of good.
| Original Score: 3/5
A sturdy potboiler that's directed with a European sense of space and rhythm, accepting of character flaws, and generous with time for characters to breathe and develop at their own pace.
[Rapace] will be enough to send some to this urban thriller but the film will send them away disappointed.
By the time Dead Man Down descends into ultra-violence, you'll be long past caring.
Here's yet another preposterous action movie that's made watchable by a skilful director and an engaging cast.
It soon collapses into violent and boring nonsense.
| Original Score: 1/5
A lifeless attempt to fuse a taut crime thriller and a complex psychological drama.
You are left feeling sorry for the actors who do their best, including Britain's Dominic Cooper, wasted as a dorkish gangster colleague of Victor's.
Oplev, who made The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, can do this stuff in his sleep and somnambulism is largely the style here.
This is too dull to function as a thriller and too silly to qualify as anything else.
A disappointingly by-the-numbers revenge yarn unspieled at great length ...
Any film in which Isabelle Huppert is cast and then given absolutely nothing to do is a crime against cinema.
Visual style and strong characters aren't enough to make up for a deeply flawed script that fails to make logical sense.
Scrapes a pass thanks to offbeat performances and a couple of enjoyably preposterous action sequences.
Dead Man Down is gripping.
| Original Score: 7/10