Parents' Guide to

Dead Man Down

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Solid revenge thriller has gun violence, other edgy content.

Movie R 2013 110 minutes
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age 16+

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age 16+

16 and up.

dead man down is one of those dark thriller movies that your young kids should stay away from dead man down is a good thriller movie stars with your familiar actors such as Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace and Terrence Howard but not for the young kids with that being said this thriller movie is best for your older teens to watch and parents you need to know that dead man down has a lot of intense violence shown such as gunfight, a frozen corpse shown, a character is hanged with a rope, a character is briefly tortured tied up and covered with hungry rats there is one brief sex scene shown with little nudity shown characters use strong langauge and there is drinking and drugs used such as beer and cocaine.

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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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Director Niels Arden Oplev, who helmed the original Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, makes a solid English-language debut with DEAD MAN DOWN. Reteaming with Dragon Tattoo star Rapace, he crafts a well-paced thriller; like his previous film, it's a sturdy potboiler that's directed with a European sense of space and rhythm, accepting of character flaws, and generous with time for characters to breathe and develop at their own pace.

The screenplay by J.H. Wyman (The Mexican, the TV series Fringe) has a few twisty surprises in the first half, but even after everything is revealed, Dead Man Down keeps the momentum chugging toward an exciting conclusion. It doesn't rely too much on gore or violence and rather enjoys its colorful supporters, including Isabelle Huppert as a deaf, doting mother, Armand Assante as a scary gangster, and F. Murray Abraham as a helpful father-in-law. Overall, it's a decent, logical, revenge-based thriller.

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