Each year one or two good looking movies I know nothing about magically appear online with solid trailers that fire me up to no end. The Raid: Redemption was an example of this odd phenomena, though even Soderbergh's final project Side Effects, also starring Noomi Rapace snuck up on me too. This new film, a thriller called Dead Man Down is led by prominent actors in Rapace, Colin Farrell, and Terence Howard, and like Side Effects I'm ashamed to have not passed along anything about it prior to a preview. My bad...
Dead Man Down, appears just like your run-of-the-mill revenge/assassin-based action flick in the opening moments, but becomes far more compelling as the trailer progresses. A brilliant soundtrack and a look that's reminiscent of Leon: The Professional help too.
In this thriller from director Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Original), Farrell plays Victor, a pro hitman who falls in love with and is also framed by a woman (Mara) seeking revenge against his crime lord boss played by Terrence Howard. Of course, our leading killer is out for his vengeance here as well.
My description of Dead Man Down is likely butchering your willingness to see it, so check out the trailer instead. It comes to theaters on March 8th and is definitely worth a look.