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Super Reviewer
September 8, 2014
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.
Super Reviewer
December 5, 2012
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.
Super Reviewer
February 5, 2013
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.
Super Reviewer
January 29, 2013

Very good movie! Quite a good little crime drama with a snowy backdrop and isolation as an insistent threat. The tension is woven with the back stories of those involved all leading to an inevitable confrontation and a predictable solution. The screenplay is exciting and observant of human psychology. The acting is superb, and I guess the directing had a lot going for it too. Like the perfect storm,this just all came together and did a job of stirring me up good. The freezing cold of the blizzard backdrop is juts right for the tension that pervades this story. The original musical score by Marco Beltrami underlines all the facets of this tale. While every one in the cast is excellent, it is Eric Bana that pulls of a very well written role in a manner that despite his actions he never loses our empathy.

Siblings Addison and Liza are on the run with the stolen loot from a casino job gone horribly wrong. Meanwhile, troubled ex-boxer Jay heads for Thanksgiving dinner with his parents, June and retired sheriff Chet. What will happen when their worlds collide in a twist of fate?
Super Reviewer
½ January 19, 2013
'Deadfall' is an underrated film that is well shot with a quick pace. Hunnam's acting may get a little wooden, but Bana is electric and subtly creepy. The plot is exhilaratingly fresh, with several characters with different motives all colliding in the same household in a gripping climax. Not sure what all the critics have to complain about, 'Deadfall' is a thrilling piece of work.
Super Reviewer
April 3, 2013
Disjointed and shallow, Deadfall is a lackluster film that's poorly made. The story follows several characters that are brought together through a manhunt following a botched casino robbery. There are some good actors in the cast, such as Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, and Kate Mara, but the script is abysmal. The pacing is also quite poor, and the stories doesn't feel cohesive. Deadfall is a monotonous film that doesn't know what story it's telling.
Super Reviewer
½ December 9, 2012
"Deadfall" starts with a clean getaway from an armed robbery for three criminals. Then, karma raises its ugly head in the person of a deer in the middle of a snowy road in Michigan. Liza(Olivia Wilde) and Addison(Eric Bana) walk away from the wreck while the driver is not so lucky, nor is the state trooper Addison shoots. He figures it is best if they split up on their way to the Canadian border. Liza catches a ride with Jay(Charlie Hunnam) who has issues of his own with the law and is on his way to see his parents(Sissy Spacek & Kris Kristofferson). They were just paid a friendly visit by Hanna(Kate Mara), a deputy sheriff, who perhaps should consider filing a workplace complaint against her father(Treat Williams).

"Deadfall" gets off to a good start with the classic trappings of desperate characters on the run to the border in the middle of a blizzard.(And when was the last time we had a dandy snowmobile chase?) Then, slowly the movie falls apart as it heads off into every conceivable direction, with the contrivances and cliches piling up. No wonder that Liza asks Jay if he feels he has ever been in a movie before. Maybe, this would be a good thing if the movie was interested in playing the meta card but nothing there. Plus, I'm pretty sure we are supposed to take all of this seriously. In any case, it all comes down to family issues, as there are at least five different dysfunctional families on display here with the quasi-incestuous Addison/Liza relationship taking the turkey leg. I just wish everybody could have found a different way to work through their issues, so somebody could have enjoyed some football on Thanksgiving.
Super Reviewer
December 9, 2012
Boring and predictable
Super Reviewer
½ November 10, 2012
Austrian director Ruzowitzky received much acclaim for his 2007 WWII drama "The Counterfeiters". Presumably this is how he came to assemble such a stellar cast here as I can't imagine the script winning any fans. Bana and Wilde are two siblings on the run follwing a heist in snowy Michigan. There's an incestuous relationship hinted at between the two but it's clumsily handled, as is every element of this mess.
Ruzowitzky seems to be aiming for the sort of crime ensemble the Coen Brothers have regularly explored. The snowy locale and Mara's irritating accent seem to serve no purpose but to remind us of the vastly over-rated "Fargo".
The film could be subtitled "Daddy Issues: The Movie" as every character seems to have an estranged relationship with their father. The real issues that need dealing with are those of the script however.
Super Reviewer
January 12, 2014
This film took me pleasantly by surprised. I wasn't expecting much from the trailer. The film is kind of like a film noir or even a western. It reminded me of movies like A Perfect World, The Lookout, A Simple Plan, The Last Seduction just to name a few. I loved the style and look of the film.

What makes the film work for me is the performances. Olivia Wilde shines here. She is kind of like the femme fatale here. She reminded me a lot of Linda Fiorentino. Eric Bana is great as the villain here. I thought Charlie Hunnam was better here than in Pacific Rim. He reminds me a little of Chris Hemmsworth. Kate Mara is very good here. She reminded me a little bit of Amy Adams.

I definitely recommend this film.
Super Reviewer
½ March 18, 2013
Awesome edge of your seat thriller that kept me looking until the last suspenseful scene played out. How is it that a car accident in the middle of a wintery nowhere produces a homicidal maniac in Addison (Eric Bana) and his "biological clock" watching sister Liza (Olivia Wilde). After the accidental murder of their driver and the intentional murder of a State Trooper Addison and Liza decide to split up and make their own way to the Canadian Border. As the brother continues on an insane killing spree to make it to the border, his sister decides to hitchhike with an unsuspecting victim Jay Mills (Charlie Hunnam). Jay too has problems of his own being freshly released from jail with no intentions of going back. As he tries to reconnect with those "responsible" for his incarceration...things goes sideways with his former trainer which places him back "on the run" enroute to his parents house. As he is driving through the snowy back roads of wintry bliss he runs into Liza as a "hitchhiker"...who places him as her victim to the Canadian Border. Seeing this unfold as the brother and sister make the attempt to reunite is an adventure worth experiencing. Try and see this!
Super Reviewer
½ March 17, 2013
With an interesting premise and a serviceable cast, Deadfall offered a lot of potential to be a poor man's Cohen brothers sort of crime noir piece. Instead, it ventures too much on the "straight to dvd" category that it ultimately falls flat.

The cast is a mix of 'known' actors, Eric Bana, Sissy Spacek, to character actors, Kris Kristofferson, to those more new on the scene and known for their television work, such as Charlie Hunnam. All are okay, with the exception of Kate Mara who is a very inconsistent actress, that with better material they could have clicked. Unfortunately, they were faced with a weak script and apparently weak direction, with no one talented enough to carry the film.

The script has an interesting, if not somewhat familiar story, but doesn't nothing new with it. It's riddled with clichés (the daughter who can never live up to her father's expectations, the son who made a mistake that will forever haunt him, the protective brother with a dark past), and refuses to do anything beyond the surface level. The dialogue is especially weak, sounding stilted and bare-bones, there is no richness or subtext to be found, just dull set up for the next dull, clichéd ridden scene.

The film does look good, and the director succeeds in giving it an atmospheric feel. This makes the films' otherwise lackluster execution all the more disappointing, with a stronger cast and a better script, it could have been an enjoyable, perhaps memorable, little noir piece. Overall, however, it fails to do enough right to make it recommended.

2.5/5 Stars
Super Reviewer
½ August 13, 2012
The idea was there, the amazing cast was there, and even the snowy setting was there, but somehow "Deadfall" and director Stefan Ruzowitzky never quite get off on the right foot. The film starts strong with the car crash that is promised from the marketing, almost immediately. Thus, the characters are instantly sent into motion, but instead of clear, cut paths, they meander about until we just can't take it anymore. For starters, there's a creepy incestuous vibe coming from Liza (Olivia Wilde) and Addison (Eric Bana) which is completely unnecessary. Wilde is as gorgeous as always and that is often taking advantage of including a steamy sex scene. Speakin of unnecessary, Jay (Charlie Hunnam) is for some reason also running from the cops, which in also unneeded. Top that off with an over the top sheriff whose deputy just happens to be his daughter (Kate Mara). As you read the list of actors and actresses in this film, you wonder how the film falls so hard (no pun intended). Had the screenplay been given some extra attention, "Deadfall" could have been a strong, well-paced suspense thriller, but instead barely reaches the levels of drama. There are moments of clarity, but often this film loses sight of what it wants to be. I have to give props to the cast for powering through and hardly faltering despite what they are put up against, but overall, "Deadfall" lands just a bit short of being an enjoyable film.
Super Reviewer
January 28, 2013
Not very convincing performances from anyone involved, but the storyline seems to intrigue you enough to keep up with it till the very end. Bana doesn't seem as locked in as a southern speaking killer just as Wilde doesn't show much acting ability like we've seen from other roles. Charlie Hunnam feels like he could be better in a different movie with the same role, a boxer. Kate Mara is not seen enough.
Super Reviewer
½ December 17, 2012
Bleh, I couldn't buy into Olivia Wilde or Charile Hunnam and just passing strangers they are too ridiculously good looking. The script is filled with bad dialogue and twists you see coming miles away.
½ August 11, 2015
The lack of likable characters, and depth of storyline made this film
miss the mark. The most in depth character we had was the son who was
released from prison, but he wasn't even the main character. There was
no one in the film that I was rooting for. Maybe the female sheriff
deputy, but even her back story was very short and underdeveloped. Why
was she so hated among the force?

The overall acting was good,
they just didn't have much to work with. I really wanted to like it. I
am a big Olivia Wilde fan. Unfortunately there wasn't enough to get me
emotionally involved.
May 15, 2015
What starts out as a thrilling getaway slowly turns into a bland and inconsistent mess. Despite its flaws, Deadfall's pleasant cinematography and solid cast make it worth watching.
February 3, 2015
Very cool. I like the storytelling here, as well as the excellent character development and acting. Check this one out if you're looking for some thrills.
September 27, 2014
Could have been so much better had they left out a few things. The overly misogynistic police force took me out of the movie early and the sheriff of the the only female member (who happens to be his daughter also) makes a harsh tampon joke in front of everyone was just stupid and ruined any chance for me liking them. The forced relationship between the sister (wilde) and the boxer (hunnam) just didn't sit right, expecially with the ending. then there was Bana who half assed his role and couldn't pull off the menacing character throughout it all, which his accent decided to cut in and out.
Not a terrible waste of time but the thriller has so many noticeable mistakes that it ruins the whole of the movie.
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