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DVD REVIEW: Dead Man Down
9:57am Friday 20th September 2013 in Entertainments
VICTOR (Colin Farrell) is a henchman for crime lord Alphonse Hoyt (Terrence Howard), working with his friend Darcy (Dominic Cooper).
Victor returns home to his apartment, stares into a neighbouring block and makes eye contact with a young woman, Beatrice (Noomi Rapace), who engineers a meeting with Victor and they embark on a nervous first date.
She tells Victor that she has video footage of him killing a man and will withhold the evidence from police if Victor agrees to kill a drunk driver who badly disfigured her.
Dead Man Down is a slowburning revenge thriller punctuated by explosions of outlandish violence, which reunites director Niels Arden Oplev with his fearless leading lady from the original Scandinavian version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
There are gaping holes in JH Wyman’s script, but Oplev's cool direction and some strong performances paper over the cracks, adding lustre to a satisfyingly serpentine genre piece.
Dead Man Down is Certificate 15.
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