Friday, November 4, 2016

Movie review: Deadfall

Siblings Addison and Liza on the run after a casino heist decide to split up. Liza encounters a prison parolee heading home for Thanksgiving and when Addison shows up, the two families collide with deadly consequences.

Eric Bana (Addison), Olivia Wilde (Liza), Charlie Hunnam (Jay), Kris Kristofferson (Chet), Sissy Spacek (June), Kate Mara (Hanna), Treat Williams (Sheriff Becker), Jason Cavalier (Deputy Travis), Maxime Savaria (Deputy Brice).

Deadfall begins well enough with some brief background and plot setup before Addison and Liza are separated at which point things get much more interesting. Liza connects with a prison parolee who may, or may not, be on the run while Addison treks through the snow killing people. Finally everyone gathers for Thanksgiving dinner with an ending feast that includes a couple of morality twists for the audience. But trust us, you will still want dessert in an hour.

Acting was pretty good with Bana delivering an appropriately psychopathic performance for his role. Wilde did very well and seemed to have good chemistry with everyone. Hunnam was decent but felt a bit dry a few times. Kristofferson fit his role but that was about it, while Spacek and Mara brought good work as always.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were nice with the good use of natural scenery particularly enjoyable. Action scenes felt very authentic and added some needed energy to the film. Dialogue was solid leaving few questions unanswered while driving the plot forward. Sound and soundtrack were well done with some nice pieces.

While Deadfall may not be the most original crime thriller, it is worth a watch if you enjoy the genre. Technical work is good, acting is nicely done, and there isn't too much sexuality or blood resulting in a solid film.

While there is a bit of nudity and sexuality, violence and gore, and some very colorful profanity, older teens and above should be fine with Deadfall.

Released: 2012
Reviewed: 10.24.16
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Crime Thriller, Thriller, Crime Drama, Crime, Drama

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