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 (Kris Kristofferson). It's there the siblings are reunited in a terse and thrilling showdown that pushes the bonds of family to the limit. -- (C) Magnolia … More
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Critic Reviews for Deadfall
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.
Perhaps the best thing about "Deadfall" is the lifelike messiness of its ending. A couple of the characters have a lot of explaining to do, and this is one case where a sequel might be in order.
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.
If you want a chilly, suspenseful thriller, watch Transsiberian, which co-stars the completely-wasted-here Kata Mara.
A B-movie with an A-list cast, crime thriller Deadfall sets its plot in motion with some bracing shocks in its first few minutes.
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.
Audience Reviews for Deadfall
Despite moments of impressive cinematography, this film is as bland and uninteresting as the snowy wasteland it's set in. Despite what should be a strong cast, the actors are not utilized to their potential and the whole experience is rather hum-drum. The film's decent, but not particularly interesting in any significant way. I wish I could wait for the spring thaw to see if any life might have sprouted in Kristofferson's salty patriarch character, but alas, I doubt any of us would make it that long.More
Deadfall was so good. I really enjoyed this thriller. I loved how messed up Liza and Addison were. So damaged and insane yet sane all in one. A crazy combination that made them such interesting characters.
The movie had a great cast. The legends Ms. Sissy Spacek and Mr. Kris Kristofferson turned in good performances. I love Spacek. She has always been a favorite of mine since her Carrie days. The woman can play any role.
Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde did great jobs too. I went from liking Addison to hating him then to being kinda grossed out by him. He is a very messed up individual.
Charlie, Charlie. How I love me some Charlie. Jay is an ex-boxer who just got out of prison and is on his way home for Thanksgiving when he comes upon Liza. They get stuck together for a night and things escalate from there.
I really liked Kate Mara as Hanna. She was sweet and didn't let the bullies in her department get her down. Her dad was a complete asshole and I couldn't stand him. I felt bad for her.
The film is a bit twisted when it comes to Addison and Liza. I enjoyed the story. I'd watch it again.
A hard-boiled cocktail of a film noir. An exceptional piece of work. An sexy, atmospheric, suspenseful and riveting crime-thriller. It has the type of style and backdrop of a Elmore Lenard novel and the dark edginess of a Coen Brothers film. A well-characterized genre piece that delves deep into it's darkness and brings you on an intense and thrilling ride. Director, Stefan Ruzowitzky crafts a film that's alive, it's engaging, brutal, tense and undeniably entertaining. A dark and compelling classic. A bold and explosive edge of your seat thriller. It's has an impressive all-star cast and is packed with cold intensity, surprising emotional depth, great character development and vivid action all the way to it's chilling and exhilarating conclusion. Eric Bana gives a stellar and tremendous performance, he is a near perfect and brilliant villain. Charlie Hunnam and Olivia Wilde give compelling and stunning performances. Kate Mara is excellent. Treat Williams is terrific. Kris Kristofferson and Sissy Spacek are fantastic.More
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