Thursday, March 7, 2013

Dead Man Down Movie Review - Guest Writer Matt Lowe

Remember that awesome movie The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Original) that was directed by the Danish director Niels Arden Oplev? Well, Niels has decided to grace us with his first American film, Dead Man Down. Many of you who follow me know I was lucky enough to attend the Hollywood premiere with Nev (Catfish: The TV Show) and another friend of mine. Before the film started Niels gave a little speech explaining the hard work and dedication that was invested into this film. I think that alone always helps me judge movies a little less knowing all the busy people that made it possible. It was also very cool to meet Oplev's children, some of the actors and some new friends at the after party.

Now on to the Lowe Down on Dead Man Down. First off I would like to note the amazing talent that was brought together for this movie. It stars Colin Farrell (Total Recall), Noomi Rapace (Prometheus), Dominic Cooper (Mama Mia), and the one and only bad-ass Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow)! The vast array of talent behind the scenes and on camera is remarkable!

Noomi as Beatrice
So I'd like to go into high detail about the movie plot but the trailer will be posted below to get your mouths watering. I feel like the plot of this movie is very articulate and amazingly written. I'm willing to admit that I'm not smart enough to explain the plot without giving too many things away. I will say that this movie was directed and filmed with style and flowed graciously. From the opening scene of the movie until the end you are captivated and at the edge of your seat wondering what will happen with Farrell's character, Victor, who slowly reveals his plan for revenge throughout the film.

Among the blazing gun battles and body count you find a very realistic on screen chemistry between Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace. Don't fear, it's definitely not the same romance you would expect and I think the same goes for the plot of this movie overall. I enjoyed Dead Man Down for it's simple scenes as well and the realism of the life of each character.

At the Dead Man Down red carpet premier with Nev S.
On top of all that you can't go wrong with having Terrence Howard in your first American Blockbuster. His delivery and passion really shows through each character he portrays.

The only thing I would change is the fact that Niels Arden Oplev doesn't use Trent Reznor's (Nine Inch Nails) fantastical skills on making all his movie scores. A prime example is the dark movie score Reznor composed for the movie The Social Network and from Niels' last movie The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Although I do believe Jacob Groth did an excellent job composing the soundtrack.

Please make sure to check out Dead Man Down when it premieres everywhere this Friday. See movie times and buy tickets on Fandango today!

Written By:
Matt Lowe
(Check out "The Writers Tab" at the top of the page for more info on Matt)

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