movie dead man down

When is enough, enough? Die Hard raised the bar on The French Connection. The Matrix raised the bar on Die Hard. What’s left? How many ways can a bad guy kill a good guy? How many ways can a good guy exact revenge? How many car chases/explosions/torture scenes/shootouts do you need to make a movie worth the price of admission? In the end, I think we could all do with a little less sensory overload and a tad more plot. Oddly, this film has too much of both.

Victor (Colin Farrell), who is bent on avenging the murders of his wife and child, has spent years infiltrating a New York crime syndicate. Meanwhile, Beatrice (Noomi Rapace) approaches Victor with evidence of his criminal activity and blackmails and/or seduces (tomato, tom-ah-to) him into helping her with a revenge scenario of her own. Now leave your ADD medication at home because from here on out, everything—including the plot—explodes. 

Much like the storyline, I don’t really know where I’m going here. This is a very well-acted and entertaining film. It’s just too much—too much plot, too many twists, too much back story. That being said, better too much than not enough. It’s a 6.

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