MOVIE MADNESS #140: DEADFALL

It’s Thanksgiving and guess who’s coming for dinner!

In the thriller “Deadfall”, Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde star as Addison and Liza, siblings who have just robbed a casino. During their getaway, they crash their car into a snow drift. Struggling to survive in the upcoming blizzard the duo split up.

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Addison heads north while Liza heads off to the nearest road where she is picked up by Jay (Charlie Hunnam), who is on his way to his parent’s (Sissy Spacek, Kris Kristofferson) house for Thanksgiving. Liza and Jay fall in love as Addison leaves bloody bodies in his wake. This is gonna be a Thanksgiving dinner they will never forget.

“Deadfall” stumbles off the bat by getting to bogged down in the back story of every character. These characters are so complicated that it interrupts the  frantic pace of the film. There is even a subplot with Kate Mara and Treat Williams as father-daughter cops. When you have this much going on it is hard to find a satisfactory ending to all the storylines in 94 minutes. I’d say probably four of the six storylines were really wrapped up.

https://i2.wp.com/mediasity.pro/uploads/new/1353863340_deadfall3.jpgEven with the sliced and diced script, this is quite an enjoyable movie. The blizzard fight and the snowmobile chase are really fun to watch.

I have never been much of a fan of Eric Bana but his performance in this movie seems tailor-made. There are several subtle nuances and looks that he does that make this murderer really sympathetic at times. The scenes with the little girl are some of my favorite in the picture. It is almost like Frankenstein and the little girl. But when he tells the little girl, “He’s no angel”, it’s almost like he fooled the audience for a minute.

You also have really good performances from Charlie Hunnam and Olivia Wilde. It is also always great to see more from greats like  Sissy Spacek and Kris Kristofferson. There really isn’t a weak performance in the picture.

There is lots to like here even if the script and layout can be some what clunky.

3.5 out of 5

So Says the Soothsayer

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