Dead Man Down (2013)

For the last couple of years WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) has been in the business of producing its own movies with little success. The main reason that they have failed to make any successful movies with a few exceptions is the simple fact that they tend to put there Superstars (wrestlers) into the main roles. Now I’m a big wrestling fan and it’s no big secret that most wrestlers are not very good actors. You don’t have to look any further than any edition of Raw or Smackdown to see that. So it was surprising when I saw that Dead Man Down was produced by WWE. First because there was no wrestler in the main role and second because it actually looked like it could turn out to be a good movie. I’m happy to write that WWE has finally produced a movie worth watching.

Dead Man Down follows Victor (Colin Farrell) who is a thug for gangster kingpin Alphonse (Terrence Howard). Victor soon falls for his neighbor Beatrice (Noomi Rapace) who is deeply facially sacred from a car accident that has derailed her life. What she and Alphonse don’t know is that Victor is also scared from a hidden past that he hopes to soon put past him in a vengeful way.

There are a lot of things that set Dead Man Down apart from all of the other WWE produced films but the main one would have to be that there is a very talented director who also wrote the screenplay behind it all and that man is Niels Arden Oplev. Oplev is best known for directing the original version of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. So with that kind of background it is no surprise that the film is very well done from the action sequences to the dialogue. Everything runs smoothly to create a captivating film.

There are a few flaws in the movie though, mainly the pacing. It does take quite some time for things to get going and there are quite a few early scenes that should have stayed on the cutting room floor but to Oplev credit he has stated that he was not allowed to edit the film the way he would have liked due to time restrains. The major flaw for me was the ending. The last shoot out scene was well done but by the end of it all it just wasn’t enough, it didn’t feel complete.

Dead Man Down is a riveting film that should hold your attention long enough for you to witness the last few scenes. It by no means is a perfect action film but it’s a whole lot better than a lot of recent ones. Overall I would recommend this to anyone who wants to watch a decent action film or if you want to watch Wade Barrett run around in circles, 3 out of 5.

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