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Niels Arden Oplev, the acclaimed director of the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, makes his American theatrical debut with the new action thriller, DEAD MAN DOWN. Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace star as two strangers who are irresistibly drawn to one another by their mutual desire for revenge. The film co-stars Academy Award (R) nominee Terrence Howard and Dominic Cooper, from a screenplay by J.H.Wyman (Fringe). (c) Film District

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Suppose Armand Assante had played the mother, not as a father, as a mother. Suppose Isabelle Huppert had taken the Colin Farrell part. This may be no more than playful, but heaven knows Dead Man Down needs as much of that as it can get."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"While a mob thriller can be as nasty as it likes, what it can't be is silly."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"The cast does all that they can, but, by the end, Dead Man Down plays as a confused, noble misfire."
‑ Jack Giroux, Film School Rejects
"While Dead Man Down has a talented cast in Farrell, Rapace, and Howard, it ends up being a rather bland take on the revenge thriller, offering nothing new or stimulating to the genre."
‑ Jeff Beck, We Got This Covered
"A scatter-brained plot never quite works itself out."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"A way-too-leisurely thriller whose destination is fairly obvious from early on, but to which the talented cast apply themselves with effortful seriousness."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"More a dark fairy tale about vengeance than the action-packed crime thriller it purports to be, the film is at times exhilarating, bold, and beautiful -- when it's not busy being ludicrous, fragmented, and just plain stupid."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"It gives us no real themes to marinate upon, yet it gives us very little memorable action in which to revel. It's simply a mish-mosh and a shame."
‑ Russell Hainline, Movie Mezzanine
"It's more American nightmare than any manner of dream."
‑ Bill Gibron, Film Racket
"The plot takes a bit too long to get any traction and consequently the film feels rather long. Still, I like the fusion of Hollywood and European filmmaking sensibilities"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Explores a common ground for noir thrillers before stumbling and imploding in a climax that feels like it might have been hijacked from an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"It takes forever to get going, unspooling its hopelessly convoluted, unwieldy plot for so long that it loses whatever marginal narrative momentum it possesses."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"The plot and characters of pulpy revenge thriller Dead Man Down are pure B-movie stuff, yet stars Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace lend the film unexpected class and conviction."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Dead Man Down is Oplev demonstrating the same great cinematic sense he did with Millenium Series, and that revenge is never a straight line, it's a thorny bramble."
‑ Blake Howard, 2UE That Movie Show
"Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace are a knockout combination, their relationship grounded on a knife's edge of destruction"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
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