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The last time Noomi Rapace and director Niels Arden Oplev teamed up was for the original adaptation of Steig Larson’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”. That story has some grim moments, the kind of things where an actor and director need to have a strong relationship. Now they’re back together for the revenge thriller, “Dead Man Down”, which also marks Oplev’s English language debut. A new trailer has dropped online, and from the look of things, you’re going to get grubby in this moody, stylish crime story.
From a story by “Fringe” showrunner J.H. Wyman, “Dead Man Down” features many layers of vengeance. Colin Farrell plays the right hand of a New York crime lord, out for revenge against his boss. When a victim of violence, Noomi Rapace, blackmails him into exacting some revenge on her behalf, things start to get complicated. Though the trailer might be a little long, it is a good balance between action, story, and character.
Here’s a synopsis:
Following the cinematic phenomenon “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” acclaimed filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev and brooding beauty Noomi Rapace reunite for another thrilling tale of vengeance. Colin Farrell joins the prestigious team as brave enforcer Victor, right hand man to an underground crime lord in New York City. He seeks to avenge the death of his wife and daughter caused by his boss. When his employer is threatened by a mysterious killer, Victor also becomes detective. Victor is seduced and blackmailed by Beatrice (Noomi Rapace), a victim turned avenger whose intense chemistry leads them spiraling into payback delivered in violent catharsis. From producer Neal Moritz (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise, “I Am Legend”) and Joel Wyman (“Fringe”, “Keen Eddie”) comes a triumphant action thriller, a powerful portrait of the relationship between two people caught in the crosshairs of revenge.
Given this trailer, and all of the talent involved, which also includes Terrance Howard and Dominic Cooper, “Dead Man Down” is climbing the list of films I’m looking forward to in 2013.
The movie opens March 8, and guess who is partially responsible for it? The WWE, that’s who. Yeah, the wrestling people. This falls into the same category as the post-apocalyptic joint “The Day” that they released last year, where their role is more financial than creative. There’s hardly a muscle-bound ex-military guy anywhere to be found in “Dead Man Down”.