Dead Man Down

deadmandownReview by Lucia Santiago Dantes

Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold.

“Dead Man Down” explores the different shades of revenge through the two main characters. Victor (Collin Farrell) is a man who’s earning a place in the complicated New York’s mafia world,  Alphonse (Terrence Howard) is the leader of his group and lately he’s been receiving life threats. Alphonse wants to know who is it? Little does he knows that it’s one is Victor, who seeks revenge after Alphonse killed his family several years ago. Victor is not his real name. He changed his name and erased all track from his past in order to achieve revenge. Although Victor lives in solitude on a high rise apartment, every night he stares at his neighbor who also stares at him during the nights. Both characters seem gloomy. Beatrice (Noomi Rapace) has obvious reasons to be sad. She had a terrible accident and half of her face is covered with scars. One day, encourage by her mother she looks for Victor and end up in a date. Everything seems to go in a conventional date until Beatrice drops the bomb: she shows Victor a video took with her cellphone where Victor is killing someone in his apartment. Beatrice tells him she kind of know who he is and she will call the police if he doesn’t do what she is asking: to kill the drunk man responsible for the accident. She explains while she has to live with the scars in her face the rest of her life, the guy is out in the streets as if nothing had happened. She wants and asks Victor to kill him.

As the story develops we get to see several layers of the characters, but most important even though they are haunted by the past, they are living in the present and Victor and Beatrice connect in a different level. Victor can’t let go the sorrow of losing his wife and daughter, while Beatrice not only has to struggle the irony of being a beautician while her face is marked but also the chasing and bullying of the children in her building calling her a monster. And yet something seems to work in between them.

Although the film story sounds simple is one of those movies that you can perceive a lot is going on in the story. “Dead Man Down” is directed by danish director Niels Arden Oplev better known for his critically acclaimed film “The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo”.

Watch the trailer.

Watch a promo interview with Collin Farell, Noomi Rapace and director Niels Arden Oplev here.


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