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It's only Tom Wilkinson's typically expert performance that saves Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back) from having to live up to its subtitled bargain with moviegoers.
"Dead in a Week" strains too hard to find the lighter side of professional murder - like a Coen brothers version of "John Wick," but without the inspired touch of either.
Dead in a Week is striving for a weirdly sentimental kind of black-comic farce and it doesn't work...
It'll be dead in a week - and you'll want your money back.
Wilkson does a great job of bringing depth to Leslie. He helps to keep the film moving even in its uneven sections.
For a film built around a character that could theoretically die at any moment from a hollow point kiss to the back of the head, there's astoundingly little tension.
Writer director Tom Edmunds has a bit of fun with the complications and potential changes of heart that can throw a spanner into the no-cancel, no refund assassination order.
Edmunds seems to be trying for a Guy Ritchie movie, where everyone is negotiating at gunpoint, and a gangster's death is cartoonish, so we're not bothered. It falls flat early.
Dead In A Week (Or Your Money Back) is a misfiring black comedy.
It's not tough enough to be insightful or jet black. It's not stupid enough to be funny. It just ends up being odd.
Not even Wilkinson's undoubted class is enough to give it the kiss of life.
The film is let down, however, by some of the nuts and bolts: a half-hearted chase sequence here, a perfunctory exchange of dialogue there.
There's a place for movies like Dead in a Week, small films that pick the thing they want to do and follow through on it. Movies ike this usually end up being at the very least moderately successful (in terms of quality) and the Brits are particularly good at it. This isn't the sort of movie that I'm going to hold dear to my heart for all time or anything, but I'm glad that Dead in a Week is good, saves me from having to make some sort of "My Money Back" joke.
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