Dead Man Down
An action thriller that stars Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace as two strangers whose mutual desire for revenge draws them together and triggers an escalating trail of mayhem. The film, which also stars Academy Award Nominee® Terrence Howard and Dominic Cooper, marks the American theatrical debut of director Niels Arden Oplev (the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).
Some of the themes of this movie are to be commended such as a line in the beginning of the film which states, “We make our plans but life is what happens to us along the way.” In this action-packed story Colin Farrell plays a man named Victor, who is secretly Hungarian with the former name of Laszlo. He uses a new name because he survived an incident in which he and his wife was the target. Unfortunately, he lost a daughter too. Now he is seeking revenge against the man responsible: an underworld crook named Alphonse (Terrence Howard) and a group of Albanians.
Victor meets a woman named Beatrice (Noomi Rapace) who knows Victor has committed murder and she uses this knowledge to bribe him to kill a man, the man that was drunk and caused her scars as a result of an automobile accident. The intriguing thing about this story is that Victor and Beatrice are attracted to each other and soon realize that hate might not be the solution to their problems after all.
It’s regrettable that, despite a pretty good story, the movie is saddled with the F bomb multiple times not to mention bloody violence. In addition, the drug listing and sex content hit a level three, placing it outside our acceptable perimeters. For these reasons we can’t award it our Dove Seal as a family-friendly film.