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May 9, 2013
Watching Deadfall I felt an uneasy sense of déjà vu creep up. There’s Jay (Charlie Hunnam), an ex-boxer who finally gets released from prison, Addison (Eric Bana) and Liza (Olivia Wilde) separating ways to survive a hit-and-run attack and Hanna (Kate Mara), a female deputy that can’t seem to get the approval she deserves from her father, Sheriff Marshall Becker (Treat Williams). Surprise, surprise – somehow, some-way, all these stories find a way to connect together, creating the most perfectly put-together mis-mash of three completely unrelated tales. Get ready for a headache!
I won’t indulge in the terrible attempt at Southern American accents, as it could be worse (we could be listening to Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde butchering British accents). The real problem is the cold, completely unrealistic dialogue that not-so-subtly pieces together a variety of otherwise assumed lonely people. Its equivalent to a college film experiment, except with way better budget and incredible actors – you almost feel embarrassed before you feel disappointed for the time you’re wasting witnessing this tragedy.
But let’s not completely discredit Stefan Ruzowitzky’s ability to direct an amazing picture. Beyond the lack of a story line there are some brilliant shots of a snow-mobile chase amidst a blizzard in northern Michigan. You’ll be so stunned at the quick and efficient kills that occur in a matter of seconds and you’ll briefly forget how disappointed you are about an actual plot development. Or lack of.
Moreover, the sex scenes couldn’t be saucier in Deadfall. There’s no need to further emphasize Olivia Wilde’s sex appeal, but Charlie Hunnam’s bedroom boom is surprisingly titivating. Perhaps it’s all in the element of danger, but the raw roughness in this scene will have you twitching from head to toe.
It’s almost as if the entire cast (and maybe even the director) can hear us screaming in our seats about the terrible script. To make us all feel better, the film is based during Thanksgiving and everything gets very comical when Addison forces a whole family to eat turkey and pie together. Who would have thought someone would hold people hostage over a dinner meal? There could be so much more character development here, but we again become side-tracked by the sickening-yet-disturbingly-sexy romance between brother and sister and a premature boy with too much muscle.
Alas, Deadfall isn’t exactly Ruzowitzky’s next Oscar nominee. Although I’m pretty confident in saying he probably enjoyed making this disgustingly plotless action-packed mash-up. If you’re the type that really wants to get into a film, don’t bother. But if you’re happy with violent action, incredible sex and have a thing for conventional American accents, you might have a ball.
Deadfall is released in cinemas this Friday 10th May.