Dead Man Running (2009)




Critic Consensus: Poor performances, stiff dialogue, flat characters, and an unimaginative stab at the mood of the Guy Ritchie crime caper make Dead Man Running into a hooligan tale with little to offer.

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Two desperate criminals (Danny Dyer and Tamer Hassan) race to raise $100,000 in just 24 hour hours in order to pay off a ruthless drug kingpin (Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson) in this stylish action thriller from writer/director Alex De Rakoff. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
R (for some drug and sexual content, violence and pervasive language)
Action & Adventure , Drama
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50 Cent
as Thigo
Danny Dyer
as Bing
Monet Mazur
as Frankie
Ashley Walters
as Fitzroy
Esmé Bianco
as Herself
Blake Ritson
as Jarvis
Philip Davis
as Johnny Sands
Bronson Webb
as Smudger
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Critic Reviews for Dead Man Running

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (1)

This budget-conscious, simplistically plotted and often cringingly performed crime caper is not quite as inauspicious a producing debut as one might have expected.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Hardly an unpleasant ride to take, but this is ultimately the epitome of disposable entertainment.

Full Review… | June 4, 2010

If Guy Ritchie lost interest while making another cockney-geezer caper and tried to get himself sacked by deliberately turning in half-hearted work, the result of his non-efforts might look something like this film.

Full Review… | November 6, 2009
Sunday Times (UK)

A little uncertain in tone, but brisk and likely to go down well with the patrons of Albert Square's Queen Vic.

Full Review… | November 5, 2009
Observer (UK)

The real issue is that these are all stock characters with nothing to say, which leaves them feeling stiff and uninteresting.

Full Review… | November 3, 2009
Shadows on the Wall

It has a quality cast, but we've run round this track too many times, while the script jogs from scene to scene without any surprises.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Dead Man Running


My predicted rating: 3 stars If I said I watched a film about some friends in London who borrowed £100k and have a time limit in which to pay it back to some Gangsters, whilst trying to juggle lots of distracting characters along the way, throw in a bare knuckle boxer, a fixed bet and a famous name from across the pond, you'd think it had Guy Ritchie written all over it! With a full cast of British Actors (and one 50 Cent), the idea is clearly based on the Guy Ritchie films, but not quite as stylish. It was predictable in parts and both Dyer and Hassan are their usual typecast selves, but when all is said and done, it was quite funny in parts and made for easy watching, Brenda Blethyn was comical and provided the best performance of the film and all in all it was an easy watching, enjoyable copycat film.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer


First of all, don't pass on this because 50 cent is listed in the cast. He has about 7 min of scenes...and trust me, that's more than enough. This movie definitely had that British action comedy vibe, but I laughed out loud more than a few times (plus a few giggles), and was thoroughly entertained. The characters were really good - the star, his sidekick, the mom, and the girlfriend were all pretty funny. Definitely worth a watch!

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

A smart, stylish, funny and hugely enjoyable crime-thriller. An edgy, fun and cool as hell adrenaline-pumping thrill-ride. It packs a great amount of twist, surprises, humor and great characters. A sharp and well-crafted crime film. It be a crime to miss it. It echos of the slick, cool groove of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Tammer Hassan and Danny Dyer are fantastic together. Curtis Jackson gives an exceptional performance.

Al S
Al S

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