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Siblings Addison (Eric Bana) and Liza (Olivia Wilde) are on the run from a casino heist gone wrong. When a car accident leaves their wheel man and a state trooper dead, they split up and make a run for the Canadian border in the worst of circumstances - a near whiteout blizzard. While Addison heads cross-country, creating mayhem in his wake, Liza is picked up by ex-boxer Jay (Charlie Hunnam), en-route for a Thanksgiving homecoming with his parents, June (Sissy Spacek) and retired sheriff Chet
Dec 7, 2012 Limited
Feb 5, 2013
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site
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Like all over-ambitious B-movies, this features solid performances by a mix of seasoned talent and promising young actors, all of whom deserve better.
Despite a super-dark noir plot and respectable cast, "Deadfall" is a thriller that never quite delivers on its promise.
It's sort of like "Fargo," only with a higher body count and without the wood chipper.
This is the sort of movie best encountered accidentally and for free, caught on basic cable late at night.
There's nothing you haven't seen before - and better - in "Deadfall," which would seem to appeal mostly to fans of snowmobile chases.
A strong cast makes up for thinnish characterisation, and it's so like Fargo it might as well be called "Fargone".
With a script that exposes its own mechanics and contrivances with such reckless abandon, Deadfall simply can't be prevented from flatlining by the solid ensemble cast and luscious visual palette.
Deadfall might fancy itself as a 95-minute, wintry version of Bonnie and Clyde, but it's not in the same class with its high body count failing to justify the means, not least during the ludicrous climax.
Grim displays of guilt and remorse are on show from all concerned, but the seriously glum expressions of a high-calibre cast can't inject any meaning into such a contrived story.
Resembles Fargo in its geography and atmosphere, but fatally lacks its sense of humour.
You can't help thinking how good the Coen brothers' Fargo was in comparison.
Big fleecy hats with earflaps are doffed to most of the actors. But, with this script, Deadfall was always destined to be a whiteout.
With a focus on messy family relationships, this thriller's deranged comical touches almost make up for its contrived plot and annoyingly thin characters.
There is just too much going on, with some interesting characters edged out of the limelight ...
Too many coincidences spoil the plot, but this is a down'n'dirty, black'n'bloody little thriller. If nothing else, you'll truly feel the chill.
From characters and dialogue to the belief-beggaring contrivances of the plot, everything about it feels utterly phony.
Director Ruzowitzky lets his cast make the most of the wildly swerving tone.
Engaging thriller, enlivened by some snowy location work and strong performances from a superb cast, though the script struggles to find the right tone.
The shifts in tone between black comedy, romance and suspense are often jarring and Dean's script fails to seamlessly weave together its themes of incest and redemption.
Spacek, a boon to any movie, hardly needs do anything to be the only one you don't want to see with a shotgun pointing at her head ...
For all that Dean's exploration of dysfunctional families punches squarely on the nose, Ruzowitzky bobs and weaves around the cliches in ways that lift Deadfall above many of its genre contemporaries.
Audience Reviews for Deadfall
- Addison: It's a good sign when you feel a little bad.
- Hanna: If I was one of your 'boys' you'd be *proud* of me.
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