A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Dead Man's Shoes
A soldier (Paddy Considine) returns home to his small town and exacts a deadly revenge on the thugs who tormented his dimwitted brother (Toby Kebbell) while he was away. One by one the young hoodlums meet their fates as the soldier releases the hate he feels inside.
It has been a while since I have been this moved, disturbed, kicked and beaten while I was down by a film as I was by Shane Meadows' tale of revenge and retribution.
There is an immediate sense of realism from the get go and that is what gives this film its strength. We are watching real people in an unreal situation. In essence it is the simplest of revenge stories. If you read the synopsis, you probably would expect an average action flick. But the simplest of stories, told with passion and dedication often hit the hardest. And that is certainly the case here.
Paddy Considine is a force of nature. He channels so much restrained anger struggling to…
"God will forgive them. He'll forgive them and allow them into Heaven. I can't live with that."
The story to Dead Man's Shoes is about Richard has he always protected his simple-minded little brother Anthony. When Richard leaves the rural village where they have grown up to join the army, Anthony is taken in by Sonny, a controlling and vicious local drug dealer and his gang of lads. Anthony becomes the gang's pet and plaything. Seven years later, Richard returns to settle the score. One by one, he hunts down each member of the gang and executes them in increasingly elaborate ways as flashbacks reveal the extent to which his brother suffered at their hands. "Dead Man's Shoes" is a…
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"God will forgive them,......... he'll forgive them and allow them into heaven,....... I can't allow that.
Shane Meadows ode to guilt and human justice, a visceral tale of vengeance set in an unnamed town in the English Midlands. Paddy Considine (who also co-writes) delivers an electrifying performances as Richard, just out of the military he marches into a bleak middle England town with one thing in mind, executing a bloody revenge against the gang of thug's and drug dealers who have wronged his mentally challenged younger brother Anthony (Toby Kebbell).
This is a low budget, kitchen sink slasher movie that flips the usual genre conventions on their head, here our protagonist is the killer, Richard…
Dead Man's Shoes may be gritty and bestial but never once does it resemble any bombastic modern revenge films the genre has recently become interchangeable with. It has the brains not to be concerned with extravagant cosmetics but instead focuses its energy on excavating poignant themes and feelings out of its clear-cut conceit; subsequently demonstrating the profound artistic merit that is intrinsic to the revenge concept. Shane Meadows and Paddy Considine's second collaboration is a taut and heart-rending examination of despair and guilt that sporadically embraces Shakespearian and epical characteristics to enhance the grandeur and scope exponentially.
Meadows incorporates a low-key milieu and stripped-down aesthetics which skilfully acclimatizes his calamitous tale to the films mundane reality. And despite the presence…
He may not be the biggest,he may not be the toughest but boy does Paddy Considine scare the shit out of me in this. Intense.Fuck me he's intense.
A straightforward revenge flick with some truly terrifying scenarios played out in a nameless Midlands town,this is Shane Meadows gone ga ga. Paddy Considine's ex-para Richard is obviously a cross between Rambo and Taxi Driver just like it says on the DVD sleeve. Only his methods put both Stallone and De Niro to shame. Meadows directs with his usual full-on kitchen-sink-realism and you can tell his actors are ad-libbing on occasion.
This movie belongs to Considine,but Toby Kebbell is utterly convincing as his "touched" brother who gives a sensitive portrayal of a mentally impaired youngster. Violent,smart,disturbing. One of Britain's most honest directors delivers all of these emotions and more.
Grief, anger, despair, Paddy Considine brings all these emotions to the troubled character of Richard, a solider who returns home to reek terrible revenge, on his brothers tormentors.
The first time I watched 'Dead Man's Shoes', I expected it to be a full-on 'Saw-type' horror movie, with elaborate torture devices and gratuitous gore. But from Richard's first calm-breaking snarl at a dazed dealer of 'You ya cunt', I found myself being pleasantly surprised and enthralled by this heartbreaking tale of retribution, that's awash in grime and blood. As it mixes equal parts slasher and revenge flick, into a highly successful and unique twist on the genre.
Anchored by a startling performance by star Considine - who also co-wrote the screenplay-…
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Dead Man’s Shoes son 2 peliculas en una; por un lado tienes "Forrest Gump goes wrong" filmada en blanco y negro, y por el otro una "revenge movie', esta ultima como plato principal. Las 2 funcionan muy bien; la primera es desgarradora y te dejara con un sentimiento de impotencia, mientras que la segunda destaca por lo sangrienta, y por la perturbadora actuación de Paddy Considine.
Gritty english realism mixed with a Scorsese esque level of violence is a killer combination in this Shane Meadows movie. The brother relationship is extremely strong and is testament to the performances of the two leads. Not a movie that you will want to revisit time and time again but definitely one that you will not forget.
Pretty violent drama. This movie seems to be marketed strangely. Paddy Considine rules.
Lacks the massive personality and heart that make Shane Meadow's THIS IS ENGLAND so special, but good none-the-less.
Boy, that escalated quickly! - The Movie
Most revenge movies like to pretend they are about the emptiness of revenge, while still showing cool stuff. This one actually accomplishes it, by forcing us to spend time with the victims of the avenger. These guys all abused Paddy Considine's brother (who is constantly called a spastic by both Paddy & his vicitms) and are awful people. But we also see how pathetic and small their lives are. Their lives are already so empty of connection, meaning and joy. Of course they were going to brutalize people, because they were brutalized all their lives.
That's not to say Meadows justifies what they did, but, without preaching to us, he exposes the way that the world ground them down and taught them to do the same to others.
I really wanted to love this film from everything I had heard. I ended up just really liking it. Maybe I'll give it another go within the next few years.
"Now I'm the fucking beast."
Liking 'This is England', I thought to check out this film since it is rather short, has a sick story, and features Paddy Considine in an amazing performance. While the pacing and reveals are top-notch, some of the death and kill scenes weren't as graphic as I expected from a brutal revenge horror film, but the flashbacks definitely upped the intensity and hatred towards the antagonists. Set in the trashy back countries of England, 'Dead Man's Shoes' is the type of the film that could have easily taken place in any country, in any time. It could have been more bad ass than 'Straw Dogs' if they had upped the violence factor, but the end was very unsettling nonetheless.
It's funny that Meadows' first and second movies would be so different. This has some naturalism and shades of depth, but it's a revenge flick, a slasher. Good acting and style, but nothing special.
Edgar Wright's 1000 Favorite Movies via MUBI.