Movies that are slightly off.
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…
Hoop-Tober 2.0 # 10
"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…
Richard: [narrating] "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"…
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.
You're the devil...
I wish I fucking was.
God damn what an intense film. And here I was thinking that South Koreans were the only ones capable of making a powerful revenge flick...
Shane Meadows, the mind behind the simple brilliance of This is England takes his turn at the genre by bringing his urban street smarts of the UK to the table and creates a small yet powerfully resounding tale of brothers, honor, blood and cold hard revenge. The film orbits around a powerful and utterly terrifying performance by Paddy Considine. Seriously he is frightening....
He plays a character named Richard; a soldier returning to his home town much like the green army…
I can’t say I was looking forward to watching this, I have issues with movies about revenge and the DVD displays every indication of this being yet another violent English Tarentino rip-off crime movie. To the film’s credit, the movie isn’t really a Tarentino ripoff along the lines of a Guy Richie movie, but it does have pretty much everything I don’t like about revenge movies. The film is basically about a guy who plans to methodically murder a handful of people who abused his retarded brother while he was in the army… that’s it, there’s really no twist or much of anything more complicated than dude kills assholes for 90 minutes, it’s basically a glorified slasher movie. This isn’t…
An old favourite of mine. This is where I first fell in love with Shane Meadows, Paddy Considine and even Toby Kebbell. And the band Smog.
"A psychological thriller" as it's described on wikipedia is very apt indeed. The madness in Considine's eyes and the mumbling terror in everyone else's is very real.
Extremely bleak, extremely English. I thought it was going to be a good ol' cathartic revenge movie, but instead the viewer must confront serious questions of morality. A really powerful, challenging, and disturbing movie that is the opposite of the usual sensationalistic portrayals of violent revenge.
"I'm not threatening you mate, it's beyond fucking words."
How the fuck does this have a 57% on RT?! What a damn film this was. This is one of the best revenge films I've ever seen. It's a gritty, realistic, brutal take on revenge. I was absorbed into the film. Paddy Considine's performance is unreal. There's a moment in the end, where the whole story finally comes together, and my jaw was dropped for the remainder of the film. This film kicked my ass.
A gritty British revenge thriller that really goes above and beyond its genre stereotypes, Paddy Considine is absolutely haunting in his role.
I also love how he pretty much wears the same outfit as Travis Bickle, a clever detail.
Director Shane Meadows has not disappointed me yet, and the classic revenge tale of Dead Man's Shoes is no exception.
Could have done with a bit better sound mixing though.
One of the best revenge flicks I've ever seen. Paddy Considine is unreal.
I love it when a good movie turns into a great movie.
Dead man's shoes is a film I've wanted to see for a while now, I love the premise of it and now that I've finally gotten a chance to see it, it did not disappoint me. It is such a riveting and at times emotional movie about revenge and when this guy gets his revenge, you are rooting for him the whole time. The director did a good job of trying to get you to root for the bad guys too by showing scenes of them in their everyday lives and at some points it did actually work to the point where you're like what the hell did…
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