Victor, a rising gangland player, has infiltrated the crime empire run by ruthless kingpin Alphonse, with the single purpose of making Alphonse pay for destroying his once happy life. As he meticulously orchestrates his vengeance from his high-rise home, Victor watches and is watched by Beatrice, a mysterious young woman who lives in the apartment across from his. On the surface a fragile woman-child, Beatrice seethes with a rage of her own. 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.









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  • 63
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    The tone and pacing of Dead Man Down have a distinctly European flavor, which may explain why American viewers, used to having background and exposition pared down and cleanly delivered, may feel adrift at the outset. more

  • 60
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Michael Rechtshaffen
    More of a character-etched mood piece than a tautly calibrated caper, Dead Man Down benefits from potent visuals and a compelling international cast that also includes lead Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard and Isabelle Huppert. more

  • 60
    New York Daily News - by Joe Neumaier
    Before it devolves into typical American-style action, there’s an intriguing, European-style complexity to Dead Man Down. more

  • 55
    NPR - by Mark Jenkins
    J.H. Wyman's script is grim and fairly audacious, without anything so goofy as the silliest stuff in "Dragon Tattoo." The story involves some Grand Guignol violence, but its wildest notion is that a suicide-mission plot might somehow yield a happy ending. more

  • 50
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by Bilge Ebiri
    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. more

  • 50
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    As a gritty thriller, Dead Man Down doesn't stand out among its bullet-riddled brethren. more

  • 50
    The New York Times - by Manohla Dargis
    Dead Man Down, unfortunately, turns out to be too innocuous to qualify as either actually good or delectably bad. ...

  • 50
    Boston Globe - by Ty Burr
    Before this urban revenge melodrama falls apart in a clatter of plot absurdities and pretensions, it has its loopy charms. ...

  • 42 - by Stephanie Zacharek
    Dead Man Down is actually mildly entertaining, without being particularly fun. more

  • 40
    Austin Chronicle - by Kimberley Jones
    It’s clear this director sees carnage as nothing more than an opportunity for music-video production values. more

  • 40
    Time Out New York - by Keith Phipps
    A long, dull swim through narrative syrup interrupted occasionally by poorly choreographed acts of violence. It’s essential only for those wanting to hear Farrell try on a Hungarian accent. more

  • 38
    Philadelphia Inquirer - by Steven Rea
    The film has been directed in a murky, rhythmless fashion by Niels Arden Oplev. more

  • 33
    The A.V. Club - by Nathan Rabin
    Dead Man Down exerts an unconscionable level of effort for minimal reward: It aspires to exquisite world-weariness, but just ends up feeling exhausted by its frenzied yet fruitless exertions. more

  • 30
    Village Voice - by Nick Schager
    It's all so much turgid brooding, dialogue underlined with import, and leaden symbolism involving Rapace's white and red dresses, none of which is salvaged by a typically understated Farrell performance. more

  • 25
    Slant Magazine - by Calum Marsh
    The action merely meanders when it should be hurtling forward, running in circles when one expects it to head toward a conclusion or some sense of resolution. ...

  • 20
    Variety - by Peter Debruge
    As Scandi directors go, Niels Arden Oplev couldn’t be hotter. After putting his stamp on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” the Dane has what appears to be his pick of projects. So why follow it up with such revenge-fantasy dreck as Dead Man Down, a derivative collection of brazen plot holes and latenight-cable cliches into which he drags “Dragon” star Noomi Rapace? more

  • 12
    New York Post - by Kyle Smith
    While a mob thriller can be as nasty as it likes, what it can’t be is silly. more

Is revenge a viable path to redemption? That's the question posed by Niels Arden Oplev's Dead Man Down, the Danish director's introduction to U.S.-funded productions. With a cast populated by serious ...
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  1. Great Movie, Hope there’s a part 2!