Thursday, December 27, 2012

Review - Deadfall (2012)

Starring Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde and Charlie Hunnam.
Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky.

Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde star in this "action" flick or so I was led to believe at first. Addison (Bana) and Liza (Wilde) are siblings on the run after a heist gone wrong. However their vehicle crashes, killing their driver and the pair decides to split up in hopes of not being caught by the authority. Liza meets Jay (Chris Hunnam), a recently released from prison ex-boxer on his way for thanksgiving dinner with his family. We also meet Hanna (Kate Mara), a young deputy investigating the killings and is keen on proving herself to her father the sheriff and colleagues. Liza and Jay bond, Addison goes on a killing rampage and of course Hanna wants to save the day.

So the film basically rotates around four characters, yet there was little character development. We see how the story unfolds with these characters but the movie was really really really boring. The movie was flat from start to finish so hence an anti-climatic and rather dumb ending. The worst thing about Deadfall was its screenplay; the film's dialogue was dreadful. The characters were not convincing so this film really felt like a huge joke, which it actually is. The scene with the snow chase wasn't so bad but overall the action sequences failed to deliver any excitement. Sissy Spacek was decent, probably the only spark in this dull film but otherwise the acting was mediocre. I liked the snow settings and all but Deadfall had nothing going for it at all.

While watching this movie, I couldn't help but think that they were trying to somewhat imitate the movie Fargo, based on the characters and sequence of events. Anyways, to sum it up Deadfall is a horrible and lifeless action thriller. It was as horrible as Eric Bana's and Olivia Wilde's accent.

Rating: 1/10

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The Invisible War (2012)
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House At The End Of The Street (2012)
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Arthur Christmas (2011)
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