‘Dead Man Down’ Trailer: Colin Farrell Seeks Revenge for Noomi Rapace

Published 2 years ago by , Updated December 30th, 2012 at 10:03 am,

FilmDistrict delayed marketing for Niels Arden Oplev’s Dead Man Down, following the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary shooting earlier this month. That makes more sense after watching the trailer for Oplev’s grisly Hollywood crime-thriller debut.

Colin Farrell stars as Victor, an NYC hitman blackmailed into murdering his boss: a local crime lord named Alphonse Hoyt (Terrence Howard). The film reunites Oplev with Noomi Rapace – who played Lisbeth Salander in his Swedish-language The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo adaptation – and features her as Victor’s lovely new neighbor Beatrice: the woman using him to seek vengeance against Hoyt, who was responsible for brutalizing and permanently maiming her.

The Dead Man Down trailer is heavy on the explosions and action scene snippets, which is not surprising once you factor in the filmographies for producer Neal H. Moritz (the Fast and the Furious series), as well as executive producers Stuart Ford (Safe, Dredd 3D) and Ori Marmur (Green Hornet, Battle Los Angeles). Oplev’s project is reported to have a relatively smaller budget of $30 million, but looks to follow in Dredd‘s foosteps and pack a lot of bang for less buck.

Depending on who you ask, Oplev’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is either superior or inferior compared to David Fincher’s English-language version; though, the latter has the edge on the technical front, in terms of cinematography and Oscar-winning editing. Dead Man Down “looks” more polished and cinematic than Oplev’s made-for-TV Dragon Tattoo, thanks to co-editor Frédéric Thoraval (D13Taken) and director of photography Paul Cameron (Collateral, Total Recall). Indeed, there are elaborate visuals teased in the trailer (see: the spiraling staircase tracking shot), even amidst all the chaotic violence and posturing.

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Colin Farrell in ‘Dead Man Down’

Scripting duties were handled by J. H. Wyman, a longtime Fringe co-executive producer and writer; he’s also head showrunner for the cult sci-fi series’ polarizing climactic fifth season. Nonetheless, there are some interesting elements to his story for Dead Man Down, including (light) political overtones with the casting of foreigners Farrell and Rapace – not to mention, Dominic Cooper (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and Isabelle Huppert (Amour) – as immigrants caught up in an American web of death and destruction.

Oplev joins fellow Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Only God Forgives) and Korean director Jee-woon Kim (The Last Stand) as overseas filmmakers who have journeyed to the States recently, offering an outsider’s perspective on what could’ve otherwise been routine American action genre exercises. Dead Man Down seems worth checking out on that ground alone, to find out how Oplev’s approach compares to his peers.

Dead Man Down opens in U.S. theaters on March 8th, 2013.

Source: FilmDistrict

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  1. I don’t know why but I’m excited for this :))

    • This movie is going to be yet another blockbuster. You have Collin Farrell who can act with just his eyebrows alone, Noomi Rapace who is also an Oscar caliber actress, Neil Moritz who has you watching all his movies openmouthed and footthumping and choke on your popcorn type,Cinematic editing by Thoracal from Taken,(the roof top chase)ane then you have the Director of Photography which is Paul Cameron who is da best in what he do….I am going to be the first one in line at the movies when it opens. Of course, I will have eaten already, so I do not have to leave to use the bathroom and choke on a popcorn.I wanna see what Oplev can do for me.

  2. I don’t know, I didn’t like the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo so this doesn’t do much for me. I like Rapace but I’m thinking I’ll be skipping this.

    Side note, Jee-woon Kim gets a shout-out but no love for Park Chan-wook or Bong Joon-ho? Come on Screen Rant, let’s get some Korean cinema love up in here. 😛

    • Ha, no, I didn’t forget those two, it’s just that their upcoming English-language debuts (Stoker and Snowpiercer) aren’t action movies, so I didn’t feel they applied here.

  3. I’m hoping that Farrell plays a no-nonsense killer in this one, much like Cruise’s character in Collateral.

  4. Wyman really is cliche sexist:

    Everything he does on Fringe with Olivia he does here as well, the woman are there to be the little wives and the victims,
    one is beaten and abused and the they need the help of a man to take revenge.
    and the men are the bad guys and the heroes.

    There is only one motive for Wyman in all his writing: Revenge.

    Maybe Wyman should start using another writing program, it is stuck in the 80-s,
    and he gets 1 million dollar for his scripts???

    I can now predict the entire storyline, and the plotline and the few lines the women will get,
    with a lot of sexist close-ups.

    What a load of cliche crap just as season 5 of Fringe.

  5. I feel like I just watched the entire movie. I’m left wondering if I even need to watch the movie

    • Pretty stupid comment.
      not much is revealed