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DVD REVIEW: Deadfall
3:37pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in Entertainments
ADDISON (Eric Bana) and his sister Liza (Olivia Wilde) pull off a casino heist but their getaway car crashes on treacherous, snow-laden roads.
The siblings stumble out of the wreckage with the loot and hitchhike separately to the Canadian border.
Liza shares a lift with former Olympic boxer Jay Mills (Charlie Hunnam), who has just been released from prison and is heading home for Thanksgiving with his parents (Kris Kristofferson, Sissy Spacek).
Addison takes time out from his flight to freedom to help an abused wife deal with her bullying husband.
Meanwhile, ambitious Sheriff’s Deputy Hannah (Kate Mara) defies her bullying father, Sheriff Marshall T Becker (Treat Williams), to track the criminals through the snow.
Set largely during a blizzard, Deadfall is a disjoined crime thriller that sends a chill of disappointment down the spine. Stefan Ruzowitzky’s film is a peculiar mishmash of genres, spiked with graphic violence and gratuitous nudity involving Hunnam and Wilde’s insipid lovers.
Bana invests his emotionally damaged felon with moribund humour, and Spacek and Kristofferson are convincing as a married couple twho have coped with far worse than gun-toting fugitives.
Dialogue doesn’t flow naturally and, adding to that feeling of artificiality, some of the snow appears to be computer-generated: Bana and Wilde manage to conduct a long conversation in a swirling downpour without a single flake landing on them. Ruzowitzky thaws interest slightly with a couple of well-orchestrated action sequences.
However, Zach Dean’s script is a mess, ricocheting between four narrative threads that only come together in the film’s violent and underwhelming closing act.
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