Nick Schager Reviews Dead Man Down

Nominally set in Manhattan but in actuality taking place in Movieland, U.S.A., where the police don’t materialize even when exploding cars are rammed into buildings in order to instigate machine-gun shootouts, Dead Man Down posits a reality in which Colin Farrell is a Hungarian engineer-turned-criminal, F. Murray Abraham is his uncle, Noomi Rapace is a French beautician with a scarred face, and Isabelle Huppert as her near-deaf mother. The stateside debut of Niels Arden Oplev (responsible for the original, lousy The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), this laughably plotted and miscast saga follows Farrell’s Victor as he attempts to orchestrate elaborate murderous revenge against current mobster employer Alphonse (Terrence Howard) for the slaughter of his wife and daughter.

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