Dead Man's Shoes (2006)
Critic Consensus: Though enhanced by cramped, gritty camerawork, this unsettling look at violence and revenge lacks the provocative edge needed to give it a substantial kick.
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Critic Reviews for Dead Man's Shoes
Film plays as a quirky Brit riff on everything from U.S. slasher pics to revenge oaters but without Meadows' usual psychological complexity.
In a swift 86 minutes, director Meadows and co-writer/star Considine give us a methodical, handsome, emotionally intelligent version of the revenge flick.
There's a hint of Shakespeare's goriest tragedies here, sucked dry of any attendant heart, emotional depth or compelling human interest.
A poor fit for anyone. And that includes even the undiscriminating gorehounds looking for yet another bloody slice of payback.
Meadows ... very slowly builds to a powerful climax for this arty cross between Straw Dogs and First Blood.
Audience Reviews for Dead Man's Shoes
Revenge stories are a dime a dozen in the cinematic landscape; a subject often used but rarely to the effect of director Shane Meadows' "Dead Man's Shoes." This is a great film, with grit and punkish lo-fi sensibilities that strengthen an already harrowing character piece. Amazingly written (and highly quotable) dialogue abound and highlight the terrific, multifaceted performance of Paddy Considine. A powerful slice of low-budget filmmaking.
The ultimate story of revenge. This movie is powerful and gripping in every way. It is saddening in many parts, and will make you think twice before you ever think of being mean to someone again.
Gritty, emotionally powerful, raw and what British Films should be made of. With an almost frightening reality to it, none of the cast could be faulted.
This was the film that introduced me to the collaboration of Shane Meadows and Paddy Considine and as a result I became a huge fan of their individual works..
Still very much my favourite British film and proof that good film making doesn't have to have a big budget or high tech effects. Mind games, intimidation and revenge are the power behind this story. I've seen many non-Brits class this as a horror even a Slasher (which is a bit of an insult I feel), but it's too real and passionate to be that.
Finally it's only when you look over this film time and time again you come to understand what a great role Toby Kebbell also played in this.
Yes I never stop praising this fillm, it epitomizes everything that can be great from a low budget film and it's one hell of a revenge movie.
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