Dead Man Down Tuesday, 07 July 2020

Dead Man Down

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong violence.

  • The pitch:

    Revenge is pieced together.

  • Starring:

    Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard, Dominic Cooper, Isabelle Huppert, Luis Da Silva Jr, Stu Bennett, Franky G, Declan Mulvey, John Cenatiempo, Roy James Wilson, Myles Humphus, Stephen Hill, F Murray Abraham

  • Directed by:

    Niels Arden Oplev

  • Running time:

    118 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot (handguns, assault rifles, submachine guns, shotguns), kidnapped, blindfolded, tied up, tackled, pushed, slapped, punched, strangled, threatened at gunpoint, thrown. A man is thrown through a window, hung by the neck. Sniper. Car accident/drunk driver (mentioned). Murdered wife/niece, daughter (mentioned). Smashed glass. Dangerous driving. A teenager throws a rock at a woman. A drunk man tries to kiss a woman who pushes him away. A door is kicked in. A vehicle drives through a house. Homemade bombs, explosions, fireball. Man on fire. Screaming. Mexican standoff. Blood/gore: Frozen corpse, hanging corpse, fresh corpses. Bloody faces, heads, clothing, objects, bullet wounds, cuts. Facial disfiguration, scars, bruising. Bandages, sling. Eyebrow-plucking.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A man has sex with a prostitute (moaning, movements). Kissing. Reference to masturbation. Crude banter.Women in underwear. Female bottom. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Cocaine is measured, bagged. Reference to marijuana (grass). Alcohol (beer, wine), intoxication. Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, d*ck. Name-calling, ridiculing, mocking. Religious references. Ethnic stereotyping.

  • THEMES:

    Revenge, murder, plots, blackmail, surveillance, obsession, betrayal, grief, secrets, dating.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Cemetery setting (day, night). Deceased wife/niece, daughter mentioned, seen in flashback.  Deceased brother. Rats, rat attack, rabbit's foot (keyring). Russian and French dialogue (subtitled). High aerial camera angle toward streetview.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Entertaining, good plot twists, great cast, brooding visuals. Story unravels slowly. Intriguing mix of American and European storytelling.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Terrible script, dialogue. Ludicrous plot inconsistencies. Can be difficult to follow.

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