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Deadfall Blu-ray Review

Deadfall Blu-ray

Despite an all-star cast, “Deadfall” lacks thrills.

After a brother (Addison) and sister (Liza) rob a casino, the two criminals become involved in a deadly car crash that leaves them stranded in a snowy small town near the Canadian border. Addison and Liza decide to split up to try and get across the border individually, but they know they have to evade the police who are hot on their trail.  

The story then cuts to an ex-boxer named Jay who is fresh out of jail and heading home to see his parents (June and Chet) for Thanksgiving. Alas, Jay’s newfound freedom is short lived after he injures his former boxing coach and goes on the run from the police.

The third central story involves a young police deputy (Hannah) who doesn’t get the respect she deserves or wants from her father (the Sheriff) and her fellow police officers. As you can no doubt guess, Hannah tries to prove her worth so that she can be taken seriously.

Eventually, all three of these stories collide in the end, but the question is, who will live and who will die?

In the first 20 or so minutes, writer Zach Dean seems to be setting up an involving throwback film noir tale, but the film sadly never lives up to its promising introduction. Between the not so subtle family themes and the far too convenient (and slow) plot development, “Deadfall” turns out to be a not so thrilling thriller. Sure, there are occasional action sequences ala the snow mobile chase, but for the most part, the movie contains a lot of wandering around, whining (mostly by Hannah) and “beat you over the head” dysfunctional family subplots.

On the plus side, the all-star cast makes the film watchable. The underrated Eric Bana shines as the violent and creepy Addison as do Kris Kristofferson and Sissy Spacek in small roles as Jay’s parents. The real stand-outs here are Charlie Hunnan (best known for “Sons Of Anarchy”) and Olivia Wilde (“Tron: Legacy”). Hunnan gives a very quiet and surprisingly serious performance here which is a refreshing change of pace from the loud and showy roles you often see him in. Wilde continues to show her acting range here as a criminal with a heart of gold. It’s nice to see that Wilde never seems to stick to one type of role. She is constantly taking on something different which is great to see as her career continues to develop.

Video/Audio:

The film, which is presented in 2.35:1 1080p, certainly looks impressive from a visual standpoint. The exterior snow sequences are especially stunning in hi-def.

The 5.1 DTS-HD MA audio track does the job. The score, dialogue, and action sequences get the audio attention they deserve here.

Extras:
* AXS ad and Magnolia trailers (including a theatrical one for “Deadfall”).
* BD-Live capabilities.
* An extended interview with director Stefan Ruzowitzky talking about the themes and subjects, the film and genre, his film work, etc.
* Production interviews with Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, and Stefan Ruzowitzky. Expect the usual character and film discussions.
* Behind the scenes featurettes titled snow and western and families.
* Behind the scenes footage contains random fly-on-the-wall set footage of scenes being filmed.
* “AXS TV: A Look At Deadfall”- The standard featurette that sells the movie.

Summary: “Deadfall” has some strong performances, but it’s generally a bore.

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February 18, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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