Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Movie review: 'Dead Man Down' treats wild plot seriously
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

The thriller "Dead Man Down" features a ludicrous revenge plot that's presented with the straightest tone you can imagine, courtesy of Swedish director Neils Arden Oplev, who made the original European version of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."

Colin Farrell stars as Victor, a midlevel mobster working for a crime boss, Alphonse (Terrence Howard), who's being bedeviled with mysterious messages sent by someone who's gunning down his crew. Victor becomes attracted to his neighbor, Beatrice (Noomi Rapace, who played Oplev's Lisbeth Salander), a French-born beautician who has a secret: She has video of Victor killing someone and uses it to force Victor to murder the drunk driver who left her face scarred.

As the script by J.H. Wyman ("The Mexican") unfolds, the dueling revenge plots get more elaborate and unhinged en route to a downright crazy and violent ending. And Oplev treats it all with the utmost seriousness, adding a brooding score and throwing veterans F. Murray Abraham (as Victor's mentor) and Isabelle Huppert (as Beatrice's mom) into the mix.

Rapace is eminently watchable, though, bringing the same fire she had in her "Dragon Tattoo" trilogy.

movies@sltrib.com; http://www.sltrib.com/entertainment


'Dead Man Down'

Opens Friday, March 8, at theaters everywhere; rated R for violence, language throughout and a scene of sexuality; 110 minutes.

Article Tools

 Print Friendly
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.