Dead Man Down
Why is it gangsters insist on hurting people and then leaving them alive? Haven’t they learned these same people will become hyper-focused, revenge-seeking, inordinately-talented killing machines with no other purpose in life but systematically tearing down the very fabric and infrastructure of your criminal enterprise; eventually coming for you in a fiery, endgame shootout. Haven’t these bad guys ever seen movies before? It’s fairly well spelled out. This makes me think many movie no-gooders lack the kind of forward thinking needed for a sustainable, well-scaled, thriving criminal enterprise.

Terrence Howard in Dead Man Down appears no different. Not only does dude f@#$ up Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace in some way, but they’re both freaking neighbors, creating creating a two-on-one situation that even the best movie criminal can’t realistically survive. What ensues is an emotive, noir-laced bloodbath as they work their way through the criminal underworld eventually (presumably) wrapping things up at the top.

Directed by Neils Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo-86%), this flick looks like it employs many of the same revenge thriller tropes but, possibly, to greater cinematic gains. The film appears sleek and Farrell, when cast correctly and given strong material, has shown the ability to pump out a quality product. I don’t expect this film to cover any new ground necessarily, but that doesn’t mean it can’t go positive with critics. I think it ends up positive, though not overwhelmingly so. If these gangsters would only learn to just do it right the first time, a bunch of energy could be saved over the long term. The Rotten Watch for Dead Man Down is 68%


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