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Dead Man Down Review

Here's yet another preposterous action movie that's made watchable by a skilful director and an engaging cast. While there are some intriguing themes in this spiralling odyssey of revenge, the script never really makes any sense out of the plot, merrily twisting and turning as it whizzes past a series of glaring improbabilities. But Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace put their huge brown eyes to work, holding our sympathies as things get messier by the moment.

Farrell plays Victor, a gun-toting goon working for the slick mobster Alphonse (Howard), who is being taunted by a complex, unnerving plot to bring him down. But Victor is sidetracked by his neighbour Beatrice (Rapace), who comes on strong before revealing that she has seen his handiwork and will report him to the cops if he doesn't help her get revenge against the guy who scarred her face in a drunk-driving accident. This puts Victor in a difficult position since he's already engaged in his own plan to avenge the brutal deaths of his wife and daughter, assisted by a family friend (Abraham) from the old country.

And the plot gets increasingly knotty, as both Victor and Beatrice start to wonder if perhaps falling in love with each other might be a more pleasant way to get over their anger issues. Yes, the film is essentially preaching love and redemption even as the body count nears triple digits. Fortunately, director Oplev brings the same slick-steely style to the film as his original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. And the always watchable Farrell and Rapace get solid support from Howard and Abraham, as well as Cooper (as Victor's brother in arms), Huppert (as Beatrice's busy-body mum) and the underused Assante (as the big boss).

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Picture - Armand Assante - New York... New York City NY United States, Monday 29th April 2013

Armand Assante - New York premiere showing of 'Once Upon A Time' in Brooklyn at The AMC Empire Theatre - New York City, NY, United States - Monday 29th April 2013

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Picture - Armand Assante , Thursday 3rd May 2012

Armand Assante Thursday 3rd May 2012 on the set of 'Dead Man Down' on Walnut Street. The film tells the story of a crime lord's right-hand man who is seduced by one of his boss's victims, a woman seeking retribution.

Picture - Armand Assante , Saturday 11th February 2012

Armand Assante Saturday 11th February 2012 The Irish Film and Television Awards 2012 at the Dublin Convention Centre - Arrivals

Picture - Ciro Coppola, Jakov Sedlar, Armand... New York City, USA, Friday 11th December 2009

Ciro Coppola and Armand Assante - Ciro Coppola, Jakov Sedlar, Armand Assante, Dominik Sedlar New York City, USA - World premiere of 'Yulia: The story of Yulia Tymonshenko' held at the SVA theatre Friday 11th December 2009

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Picture - Armand Assante Los Angeles, California, Friday 8th February 2008

Armand Assante Friday 8th February 2008 World Premiere of 'The Man Who Came Back held at Areo Theatre Los Angeles, California

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