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  • Actors: Noomi Rapace, Colin Farrell
  • Directors: Niels Arden Oplev
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: FilmDistrict
  • DVD Release Date: July 9, 2013
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: December 31, 2016 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,030 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dead Man Down" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

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

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A good action movie with a good plot.
Robert Ford
Story was kinda dum....you can watch this movie if you have nothing else to watch and you're really bored.
Colin Farrell did a superb job in his role as Victor.
Alicia Dean

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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By gobirds2 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 20, 2013
Format: DVD
DEAD MAN DOWN is a very engrossing and engaging tale of revenge. What starts out as a totally confusing and seemingly unrelated series of events ever so slowly comes together in a thoroughly riveting climax. Director Niels Arden Oplev's tale is methodically paced and ultimately mesmerizing as the story unfolds. Colin Farrell gives one of his best performances in a very underplayed characterization and Noomi Rapace is totally impulsive in her captivating performance opposite Farrell. Together they are amazingly convincing as the viewer never is given a chance to get a good read on these two actors who powerfully and so subtly reveal just bits and pieces of their broken and twisted lives that by happenstance place them on a singular road of salvation for their own humanity. To say too much would give the plot away, but by the end the entire experience gels in a visually cathartic conclusion. I highly recommend this film.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By J. McGinn on April 6, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Wow who knew WWE Studios could actually make a good film. From the trailers I first saw a few months ago the film looked like a really good action thriller yet there was no sign that WWE produced this film and I think that was purposely done by WWE Studios and the distributor studio in FilmDistrict. I mean when you bring up WWE Studios a good film certainly isn't the first thing that comes to mind. The only half way decent film they produced was The Condemned with Steve Austin. It was stupid fun thrill ride, but at best was a two and half to three star film, so I can understand why I didn't see the WWE's name openly attached to Dead Man Down. I think this was the first film WWE actually took seriously putting time and money into the film, and bringing in a good cast and director. Still when I learned that the WWE was a part of Dead Man Down a few days ago my expectations for the film dropped considerably, and I think that was a good thing because I was pleasantly surprised that Dead Man Down is a good film.

The film starts off with Darcy (Dominic Cooper) showing off his newborn child to Victor (Colin Farrell) and telling him he finally realizes that humans weren't meant to be alone, and common thread to this revenge film that tries to deal with the themes of revenge what it does to people and whether getting revenge will get rid of the scars and pain that has been inflicted on us. What Darcy doesn't know is that Victor has infiltrated Darcy's gang run by the ruthless Alphonse Hoyt (Terrence Howard) to get revenge. Things get complicated for Victor when he meets another damaged soul in Beatrice (Noomi Rapace) across from him in another apartment building. The two bond as they are searching for revenge and in doing so slowly begin to live again. The story was written by J. H.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Dirk Diggler on March 20, 2013
Format: DVD
This movie is flawed but it's also good. There is action but it's more of a character driven romance than crime thriller. Farrell and Rapace are great together and it's their respective story that makes this worth seeing. It tries to be film noir but misses the mark. With more deft direction and a tighter script, it could have been great. Worth renting but no need to bump it up in your queue or rush out to the red box when it gets released but it's good enough that I will end up buyng it eventually.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jay B. Lane TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 10, 2013
Format: DVD
A crime lord and a betrayal. Sounds like pretty standard R-rated stuff, but this cast is a cut above and as a result, it slipped up on my blind side. After a pretty standard shoot-em-up opening scene, to my surprise, I soon had people to root for and very much wanted them to survive to the final curtain.

Danish director Niels Arden Oplev ("The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo") skillfully manipulates us into caring about two damaged people, one physically and one emotionally, as each tries to cope with the aftermath of a personal catastrophe.

These folks made it happen:
* Colin Farrell ("Seven Psychopaths") is an immigrant, a bright Hungarian engineer who is carrying emotional scars that demand payback. Of course, it's always interesting to watch a smart person tackle a tough problem and we often forget that Mr. Farrell is a wonderful actor.
* Noomi Rapace ("Prometheus") is a (formerly) lovely beautician whose life changed instantly when she was hit by a drunken driver. Rapace is one of those amazing international stars who simply asks where her character is from and takes it from there.
* Terrence Howard ("The Ledge") plays icy threats very, very well. This kingpin is being harried by some anonymous gangster and he wants it to stop!
* Dominic Cooper ("My Week With Marilyn") is one of the violent gang who owes fealty to his leader, but also has a wife and child at home. London-born Mr. C. plays American so often, he may lose his natural accent.

Make no mistake, there is a lot of gunfire, profanity and cruelty, but the audience was deeply invested in the outcome. In fact, at the conclusion there was a spatter of applause, which is rare in a screening. Captions will be a welcome addition when this is on DVD (from Amazon...smile...)
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 10, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Danish director Niels Arden Oplev brings his talent for relentless uneasiness on the screen in this story by Joel Howard Wyman. The theme is not good guy versus bad guy because every character in the film is a bad guy/girl and once the audience tunes into that then the emphasis is on that elusive human reaction to trauma called revenge.

Victor (Colin Farrell) is a Hungarian immigrant whose wife and daughter were killed and he is out to destroy the Albanian crime gang that caused their death. He has infiltrated the crime empire run by ruthless kingpin Alphonse (Terrence Howard), with the single purpose of making Alphonse pay for destroying his once happy life. Victor's best friend is crime cohort Darcy (Dominic Cooper) whose obsessive curiosity about his friend opens the story for insertion of all manner of bad tings. As he meticulously orchestrates his vengeance from his high-rise home, Victor watches and is watched by Beatrice (Noomi Repace, a mysterious young woman, her face is disfigured from a car accident, who lives with her mother (Isabelle Huppert) in the apartment across from his. On the surface a fragile woman-child, Beatrice seethes with a rage of her own: she sees the death of the drunken driver who caused her facial excoriations and rebuilding attempts. When she uncovers Victor's dark secrets, she threatens to expose him unless he helps her carry out her own campaign of retribution. Each fixated on avenging the past, they devise a violent and cathartic plan that could change their worlds forever.

One of the reasons this film works so well is that incredibly magnetic brooding presence of Colin Farrell, but the other reasons the story pushes along at a breakneck speed is the quality of the rest of the cast.
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