Serviceable if ultimately uneven, Deadfall is let down by inconsistent material and muddy character work. Still, at least the snowy location work looks good.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
What an accurate title.
| Original Score: 1/5
From characters and dialogue to the belief-beggaring contrivances of the plot, everything about it feels utterly phony.
Low grade, unremarkable and - worst of all - unnecessarily violent.
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.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 5/10
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 ...