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Deadfall

Deadfall
Starring:
Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde


Rated: R  for strong violence, language and sexuality.
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: December 7, 2012 Released by: MAGNOLIA

This very wintry melodramatic thriller (shot in Quebec) starring Eric Bana (Hanna, Star Trek) and Olivia Wilde (The Words) as Southern siblings Addison and Liza on the lam is hardly a holiday treat (notably from its abusive subtext) but has plenty of atmosphere to burn.
 
Deadfall comes from The Counterfeiters helmer Stefan Ruzowitzky and is mostly derailed by the claptrap from its tyro scribe Zach Dean that doesn't give the actors much of a chance especially in the dialogue-driven scenes.
 
It should be good to see veteran actors like Treat Williams as well as Sissy Spacek and Kris Kristofferson (finally together on screen after four decades in show business) pop up from time to time as the tension finally comes to a boil at the Michigan farmhouse of the latter's June and retired sheriff Chet.
 
You see it's an important time of year for families to unite and appreciate how much they mean to one another - Thanksgiving. Leading up to that holiday jump-start has some visceral and romantic spark as state-trooper murdering brother and sister have split up on their way to the Canadian border. A nutty Liza gets a much-needed warm-up from Chet and June's prodigal newly paroled Olympic boxer Jay (Charlie Hunnam of TV's explosive Sons of Anarchy) who once threw a fight and just accidentally offed someone.
 
Bringing Liza home is ideal for an enamored Jay and for her to relay to Addison having his hang-ups with the likes of a surreal Native American of a safe hideout. Deadfall which is a potpourri of films ranging from High Sierra to Fargo with a derided, determined cop in Kate Mara's Hanna, has the kind of violent quotient framed in gelid conditions that should attract an audience. But, under Ruzowitzky's inability to make something of the material, even all the chases, fights and crashes, finds a cliched safe-house of cruelty.
 

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