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Parents' Guide to

Dead Man's Shoes

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Revenge thriller has graphic violence, language, and drugs.

Movie NR 2006 90 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

Revenge narrative with painful twists and turns

Haunting...this film stays with you. The acting, the story, the revenge narrative feels like something you have seen before but the twists are cruel and the violence is intense. The film's twists and turns serve to grab the audience and keep them in a strangled embrace that you share with Considine's character. His pain is your pain and the resolution, such as it is, leaves the audience sad and exhausted, just like its main character.

Is It Any Good?

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Arguably a career-best from British director Shane Meadows, this is an unrelenting revenge fantasy with a powder keg performance from Considine at its core. The language, violence, and lewdness of Dead Man's Shoes' characters might make it too unpalatable for some. But what Meadows and Considine (who co-wrote the movie with Meadows) deliver is an oddly recognizable but still wild tale of the darker side of small town life. For added realism, it peppers its villains with believable banter and a sense of humor that provides some levity, tempting the viewer into thinking that maybe things won't end that badly for them.

While the story loses some of its power and momentum during its final 20 minutes, Considine is a constant, compelling presence, aided by a sensitive turn from Toby Kebbell as his vulnerable younger sibling. But there's no escaping the fact that Dead Man's Shoes takes place in a world where violence is the only real currency. It also doesn't duck the issue of how destructive acts tear lives and families apart.

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