It starts like any other love story. Two neighbors see each other from their balconies. They wave every day until finally they met and go out on a date. Boy meets girl. Girl asks boy to kill the man who scarred her face and ruined her life. Dead Man Down is not your typical love story nor is it your typical gangster movie.
Victor (Colin Farrell) works for criminal kingpin Alphonse (Terrance Howard). Although Victor seems to have a promising career in the mob, he is hiding a secret. Alphonse had ruined Victor’s life and destroyed his dreams. Victors lives only for revenge until he meets his fragile but ruthless neighbor, Beatrice (Noomi Rapace).
Beatrice also wants revenge. She wants Victor to kill the drunk driver who destroyed her once happy life. As Beatrice and Victor spend more and more time together, they soon discover that they are attracted to each other. And, they both begin to wonder if the revenge they seek is worth denying themselves a future together.
Dead Man Down is not your typical gangster movie. It is not loaded with shoot outs or explosions. Instead, it is a delicious thriller that focuses on the lives of two victims. Beatrice is the victim of a drunk driver while Victor is the victim of the mobs quest for new territory. But instead of accepting their fates, Victor and Beatrice seek revenge.
Noomi Rapace delivered a brilliant performance as the emotionally wounded and disfigured Beatrice. Rapace was painfully convincing. She was able to convey all of the bitterness and pain her character felt at having her life so tragically alter by one man’s careless behavior.
Colin Farrell was also convincing as a husband/father seeking revenge for the senseless murder of his family. Farrell’s Victor is solemn, withdrawn, and determined. Victor is torn between his lust for revenge against Alphonse or beginning a new life with Beatrice.
Terrance Howard breathes life into ruthless gangster Alphonse. Howard’s ability to emerge himself into his characters helps to make him a terrifying mob boss with a cold stare and a history of brutality.
Dominic Cooper is fantastic as Darcy. Darcy is struggling to move up the ladder in the mob. Although this is not an admirable career goal, Darcy’s reasons for doing so are. He wants to prove to his wife that he can be a provider for their family.
Dead Man Down gives a new twist to gangster movies. It tells the story from the view point of the victims. It takes the viewer inside the minds of main characters Victor and Beatrice as they each plot their revenge. But, does this work? Yes.
Dead Man Down is an exciting crime story. It is rated R for violence, language, and a sexual scene. This is a correct rating because of the violence in the film.It runs for 1 hour and 50 mintues. I loved this film even though the plot was a bit complicated. The love story between Victor and Beatrice was sweet, and I feel that it helped to move the story along. On a scale of 1 to 5 (with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest), I would give this movie a 4.