Dead Man Down

Dead Man Down

Director: Niels Arden Oplev

Cast: Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard


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Director Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) makes his eagerly anticipated English-language-feature debut with this action thriller about a tough New York City enforcer and an alluring blackmailer who both put their lives on the line to seek vengeance against one…  See more details below


Director Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) makes his eagerly anticipated English-language-feature debut with this action thriller about a tough New York City enforcer and an alluring blackmailer who both put their lives on the line to seek vengeance against one of the city's most powerful crime bosses. Victor (Colin Farrell) isn't the type of man you want to come knocking at your door. A deadeye who always hits his mark, Victor works for the man who controls New York's entire underworld. But when the ruthless crime lord gives an order that results in the deaths of Victor's right-hand man's wife and daughter, he earns himself a dangerous enemy. Meanwhile, as Victor attempts to identify the unknown figure who's threatening his boss's life, the mysterious Beatrice (Noomi Rapace) ensnares the sleuthing hit man in a dangerous web of blackmail and seduction. Later, when the bullets start to fly, the lust for vengeance threatens to consume everyone involved. Terrence Howard and Dominic Cooper co-star.

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Dead Man Down might look like just another crime thriller on the surface, but it's nothing like most of what you've seen from the genre before. This movie is really an unapologetic melodrama -- one that just happens to be punctuated by torturous grit and absolutely bonkers action sequences. The worst you can say about it is that it doesn't follow many of the unspoken rules about American crime dramas: You're supposed to be able to predict the emotional beats and cathartic moments on a prescribed schedule laid down by so many films in the past, but Dead Man Down follows its own rhythm. New York City is supposed to be the chief supporting character in a mob movie, but here, the dinginess of the Lower East Side as seen through our Hungarian protagonist's eyes is just an extension of Eastern Europe's bleakness. You're already destined for either a breath of fresh air or a sigh of disappointment, depending on your expectations. That Hungarian protagonist with the dreary worldview is Victor (Colin Farrell). He lives in a monolithic tenement-style apartment building in New York's broken-down Lower East Side and is employed by a crime boss named Alphonse (Terrence Howard), for whom he does pretty much any and all dirty jobs assigned to a master criminal's crew. Victor is really closed off emotionally, which is apparently not a job requirement, as a fellow member of Alphonse's crew, Darcy (Dominic Cooper), has a newborn baby son, who motivates him to find success in his field and work harder at strong-arming and killing guys so that he can better provide as a father. Meanwhile, Victor can barely bring himself to raise a hand and wave at the pretty French woman who lives in the apartment facing his, one building over. Her name is Beatrice (Noomi Rapace) and she's not particularly social either, since her face was severely scarred when a drunk driver hit her two years ago. But somehow the two reticent people connect, and as the grand opera of their tragedy and romance plays out, so do a series of criminal twists and turns, all of which become personal -- because it's that kind of story. It can be tough to watch a film unfold from the distinct perspective of two broken people, since that's a really, really pained way to look at the world. Yet it's just that kind of character-based narrative that makes Dead Man Down stand apart from the crowd. It's hyperbolically emotive, but it's supposed to be. While most movies about an upset in the hierarchical crew of a crime boss feel political in their underpinnings, Dead Man Down feels psychological. The high notes are Shakespearean in scale -- just think Hamlet, not King Lear. However, it should be noted that this film is far from all drama and no crime. When things get shady, they get downright deplorable, and when things get intense, they get explosive, insane, and borderline over-the-top. But juxtaposed with the tragic emotion that surrounds those moments, they end up being well earned. After all, a character is capable of a lot when we see what they've been through, and that's just what you get with Dead Man Down.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Sales rank:

Special Features

Staging the Action: The Firefights; ; Blu-ray exclusives: Revenge and Redemption: Crafting Dead Man Down ; Revenge technique: The Cinematography

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Colin Farrell Victor
Noomi Rapace Beatrice
Terrence Howard Alphonse
Dominic Cooper Darcy
Isabelle Huppert Valentine
Armand Assante Lon Gordon
F. Murray Abraham Gregor
Wade Barrett Actor
Beata Dalton Anka
Stephen Hill Roland

Technical Credits
Niels Arden Oplev Director
Paul Cameron Cinematographer
Stuart Ford Executive Producer
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond Casting
Timothy A. Good Editor
Jacob Groth Score Composer
Renee Ehrlich Kalfus Costumes/Costume Designer
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones Executive Producer
Michael J. Luisi Executive Producer
Amanda Mackey Casting
Ori Marmur Executive Producer
Neal H. Moritz Producer
Deepak Nayar Executive Producer
Maggie Rodford Musical Direction/Supervision
Peter Schlessel Executive Producer
Niels Sejer Production Designer
Reid Shane Executive Producer
Frederic Thoraval Editor
J.H. Wyman Producer,Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dead Man Down
1. Scene 1 [11:40]
2. Scene 2 [5:07]
3. Scene 3 [8:29]
4. Scene 4 [5:19]
5. Scene 5 [5:58]
6. Scene 6 [4:41]
7. Scene 7 [5:16]
8. Scene 8 [9:15]
9. Scene 9 [7:20]
10. Scene 10 [8:55]
11. Scene 11 [6:15]
12. Scene 12 [5:41]
13. Scene 13 [7:28]
14. Scene 14 [5:00]
15. Scene 15 [6:15]
16. Scene 16 [14:53]


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