Already Dead (2008)

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A happy and successful family man is lured down the destructive path of revenge after his son is killed and his wife brutalized in a vicious home invasion. Thomas Archer (Ron Eldard) had it all, a successful career as a senior associate at a prominent architectural firm, a beautiful wife, and a wonderful child. Just when it seemed that things couldn't get any better for Thomas, however, his life was suddenly transformed into a waking nightmare. One night, a violent criminal breaks into Thomas' home, attacking his wife and senselessly murdering his innocent young son. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Thomas implores the police for help in catching the criminals while attempting to pick up the pieces of his broken life by visiting a highly respected therapist (Christopher Plummer). When local law enforcement fails to turn up any leads, Thomas' therapist suggests that the vengeful father contact a mysterious group with the resources to ferret out his son's killer and let the father exact the any kind of justice that he sees fit. His marriage failing, Thomas decides to take his therapist up on the offer, sending the lives of everyone involved down a dark path from which there is no escape, and no return.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Studio:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Cast

Christopher Plummer
as Dr. Heller
Til Schweiger
as The Man
Marisa Coughlan
as Sarah Archer
Ron Eldard
as Thomas Archer
Patrick Kilpatrick
as The Detective

Critic Reviews for Already Dead

All Critics (1)

...the film boasts a tense opening half hour that certainly feels like a springboard for an effective little thriller.

Full Review… | January 16, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Already Dead

Not bad for a television movie. I was thrilled and it had my man Christopher Plummer. 2010 Movies: 8

Ross Loehner
Ross Loehner
½

[font=Times New Roman][size=3]Evokes powerful, often uncomfortable questions about morality, justice, vengeance, and the dangerously sketchy line that separates the three. A suspenseful thrill-ride from beginning to end, but be warned; this is not a movie for the faint of heart. I went into this movie more than a bit squeamishly due to the subject matter, but found my efforts well rewarded as I became enraptured in an unconventional plot spinning in unexpected and yet believable directions. [/size][/font]

Evangeline Kingsley
Evangeline Kingsley

Ron Eldard (Black Hawk Down) plays Thomas (Mr.) Archer whose son is killed and wife brutalized. Suddenly, the detective working his case says he has been re-assigned and the case will be dropped (??!!!). The cop gives Mr. Archer a card to see a therapist (Christopher Plummer). Instantly, I smelled "set up." And so it went, the entire film filled with flashbacks in order to let us know what happened to place Mr. Archer in his present circumstance. A circumstance that opens with scenes ala Hostel! In the process of slowly torturing the captured (by off-duty cops frustrated with the justice system, duh!) killer (Ron Eldard) Mr. Archer discovers it may be the wrong man. The remainder of the film has the 2 team up to defeat the bad cops and discover their high tech operation wherein they see pix that prove this was all a setup in order to get Mr. Archer's money. Lo and behold, guess who is really behind all of this? Well, I have already given away too much. This film is suspenseful but full of "plot" holes throughout, expecially during the "chase" where weapons that are confiscated when run out of bullets, mysterious extra clips show up out of nowhere and when a group of cops discover another cops dead body, instead of speeding up the chase, actually stop long enough for the "good guys" to make it through several scenes. Another scene where our heroes wander around in a semi-lit room for what seems like forever and we are given the impression that they have reached a dead end when suddenly, after what seems to be at least an hour, they simply wander out another door! 3 stars only for the suspense of wondering whether or not they were going to get out of there alive or kill each other trying to do so.

David Arizona
David Arizona

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