Unfortunately, in a genre where Quentin Tarantino’s random bursts of violence don’t seem all that groundbreaking anymore, Dead Man Down eventually falls prey to what action movie enthusiasts have seen so many times before. It’s then when the dialogue—not to mention the fly-by-the-seat-of-its-pants momentum established in the first two-thirds of Dead Man Downfalls impossibly flat.

As unsatisfying as the conclusion is, the journey itself makes for a pretty fascinating morality tale—as far as action movies go, anyway. A healthy suspension of disbelief definitely helps, not to mention a strong stomach, especially if rodents or a story lacking a strong moral center make you twitchy.


  • Drugs/Alcohol: Cigarette smoking and some social drinking
  • Language/Profanity: Expletives, particularly the “f” word and sh--, are used throughout, plus there are a handful of instances where God and Jesus’s names are taken in vain or paired with da--. Racial epithets.
  • Sex/Nudity: Crude references to male and female anatomy and sexual acts. Several implied sexual encounters. One quick, mildly graphic sex scene has brief rear nudity.
  • Violence: Several scenes involving gun-related violence and hand-to-hand combat—some instances are bloodier than others. We see various types of torture that include beatings, hangings, burnings and explosions. A dozen or so rats are released during a torture sequence to feast on a blindfolded man. Beatrice sees Victor murder—and dump the body—of a man and wants him to do the same to the person who made her disfigured in a car accident.

Christa Banister is an author and full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog

Publication date: March 8, 2013