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Blu-ray+DVD review: "Dead Man Down" is regrettably accurate

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Blu-ray+DVD review: "Dead Man Down" is regrettably accurate

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Studio Synopsis: Victor (Farrell), a professional killer and the right hand man to an underground crime lord in New York City, is seduced and blackmailed by Beatrice (Rapace), a crime victim seeking retribution. Their chemistry and intense relationship leads them to execute a violent and cathartic plan for revenge.

Studio: Sony
Running Time: 110 minutes
Rating: R
Number of Disks: 2

Special Features:
- Firefight Choreography - Staging the Gunfights of Dead Man Down: An inside look at the choreography behind the gunfights in the film.
- Revenge Technique - The Cinematography of Dead Man Down: Details the unique look and dark aesthetic used by the filmmakers to enhance the story.
- Revenge, Redemption, and The Art of Filming Dead Man Down: The ensemble cast discusses the intricate behind-the-scenes work that went into the film.

Action, a competent storyline, and a successful suspension of disbelief are all largely preferred where great thrillers are concerned, but as Farrell’s newest outing “Dead Man Down” illustrates, it doesn't take much to flip a script from colossal high to clichéd and contrived.

And while all action films – at least in some way – fall victim to a certain amount of inherent clichéd dialogue and unbelievable themes, director Niels Arden Oplev may have led his cast down the wrong path by dialing down the drama, and maxing out the action. No stranger to suspense done well, Oplev has plenty of killer chops under his belt, bringing “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” to Swedish audiences back in 2009, as well as driving the pilot episode for Stephen King’s newly released “Under The Dome,” television series.

Equally equipped is Down’s cast, helmed by Farrell, but supported strongly with fervent performances from Rapace and Howard. And while Down is a film you instantly want to get behind, driven by its trailer promise of great people caught in the midst of a gripping storyline, what plays out over its modest 110 minutes is instead, a lesson in how it can all go horribly wrong, even if the right people are involved.

The extras menu is small, but places features in all the right areas, with a brief overview of the film’s fight sequences in “Firefight Choreography,” a style and settings lesson from key crew members in “Revenge Technique,” and with the longest running time of 11-plus minutes, a brief behind the scenes look where the cast and crew teach everyone about the intricacies of “Revenge, Redemption, and The Art of Filming Dead Man Down.

So with an overly serious attitude, yet underwhelming platitude, “Dead Man Down” plods along with big stars weighted down with even bigger problems.

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Additional Resources:
Central Cast: Colin Farrell | Noomi Rapace | Terrence Howard | Dominic Cooper
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Central Writers: J.H. Wyman
Theatrical Release: March 8, 2013
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: July 9, 2013
Genre: Action | Crime | Drama
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE

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