Movie Review: DEAD MAN DOWN (Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack)

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

DEAD MAN DOWN was directed by Niels Arden Oplev, written by J.H. Wyman and stars Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper, Armand Assante, F. Murray Abraham and Terrence Howard.

The movie follows Victor and Beatrice who are two people who have been hurt so much in life they have been left damaged, just in different kinds of ways. Victor lost his wife and daughter in a killing where he should have also been left dead but instead he’s alive, haunted by his loss and on a deadly path of revenge. Beatrice is a beauty who has been left scarred for life from a car accident where the drunk driver who caused the damage got away with it all. So what happens is, Beatrice sees Victor take someone out (he kills someone) and she blackmails him into helping her get back at the man that left her scarred and reluctantly Victor agrees.

As Victor and Beatrice get to know each other they slowly become closer and a few sparks begin to fly but Victor has a mission to finish and he tries not to get close to the scarred distraction. As he gets to know her, he also finds out how innocent she actually is and this becomes a little dangerous and a huge obstacle for the both of him because she ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time and gets kidnapped by the people Victor is after, actually they’re after each other. At the end, Victor reveals how deadly he is with his plan of revenge that also turns into a rescue mission.

Dead Man Down is a combination of sorts, it’s a thriller with a few action scenes but it’s also a cool love story that follows these two tortured souls who have both been hurt so much that the damage has left them outcasts. The two just happen find each other and this pairing ends up giving them both a new sense of being and a new feeling of self worthiness.  This was the best part to watch about the movie, seeing their relationship evolve from nothing into something really nice at the end.

The cast is amazing and the cinematography gives the movie some fantastic shots at times but it’s the story that’s just kind of mediocre and a little confusing at the beginning and the only weak spot of the movie. While the story is a little messy in the beginning, things do get cleared up as the movie plays out and by the end I found myself really enjoying Dead Man Down.  There is some really cool chemistry between Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace and it pays off really well on screen!  Farrell really delivers some intensity with his character while Rapace does the exact opposite.  Her character is so fragile and delicate that you just feel for her at times and watching this quiet assassin begin to care and watch over her is pretty cool!

The Combo Pack packaging comes with a nice slip cover. You get the two discs inside (DVD and Blu-ray) and there’s the Ultraviolet slip code that has been inserted.

Bottom line is, this Dead Man Down (Two Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Combo Pack) was a pretty cool watch. The gritty thriller is far from perfect but if you’re looking for a new movie to watch, this is a good one. Dead Man Down arrives on July 9th.

Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: 118 Minutes

Rated: R

Special Features: Good Stuff!

Three featurettes:

  • 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.
  • Ultraviolet Copy
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