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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…
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…
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-…
For two thirds of Shane Meadows vengeful return to postcard England there are a number of problems that are hard to overcome. A loose, unscripted approach to the dialogue being the main issue, particularly from the group being targeted by the Paddy Considine's soldier Richard. It borders on amateurish at times rather than achieving the natural off-hand feel the director was looking for.
Then the third act kicks in. We had seen Richard slowly increase the velocity of his anger toward Sonny and his band of buffoons, one by one plucked from the group. The paranoia levels within their gang reaches critical point as they huddle together under their leaders roof scared to leave each others side. The narrative then…
As much as I wanted to go along with the whole thing, the fact remains that you can't really have your revenge-flick cake and eat it too. Or at least you can't like this.
It's my Pick of the Week over at Cinapse again. So I decided to revisit a film I first saw on my honeymoon - the hilarious romantic comedy LEGALLY BLONDE!
...No, wait, I saw Shane Meadows' dark, brutal and brilliant DEAD MAN'S SHOES instead.
Check out my interminable ramblings here:
Grim and intense. Paddy Considine's performance with with Shane Meadow's writing really shine. The documentary-esque style of shooting add to the grit.
I felt the ending was a little heavy-handed, perhaps a little forced, but otherwise, a real thrill to watch.
What at first appears to be a simple tale of revenge by a brother of a picked upon "simpleton" becomes something more complex in the final third of the film.
Paddy Considine does a terrific job in the role of the brother getting revenge. He co-wrote the film, too.
Watched this a load of times now and it gets more powerful each time. The pathetically small-time status of the bad guys, kitchen-sink elements in a thriller/slasher, the countryside and of course those two amazing performances from Considine and Kebbel.
Considine at his best: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmjNLAU7zLQ
One of the most powerful stories I've ever seen portrayed in film. Up there with "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and Requiem for a Dream.
Well made, as well.
Holy crap did Toby Kebbell peak too soon. He and Paddy give absolutely amazing performances in this grimy, low-budget, Brit revenge flick.
It was super entertaining and I enjoyed it a lot. I'd strongly recommend it. It's a superb film that might have passed you by.
Even knowing how the film pans out the Super 8 black and white footage always manages to give you a snide gut punch when you're not expecting it. Meadows best film by far. As brutal and uncompromising a revenge film that can sit on a pedestal with the greats.
Dance at my party
Paddy Considine plays a young ex-soldier who returns to his small hometown to exact revenge upon the local thugs who treated his younger, mentally-retarded (I don't like that word but it IS the most fitting in this case IMO) brother so badly. That's all I want to say about the film, the rest is about the performance of the masterful Considine.
In this movie (and, almost equally, in A Room For Romeo Brass) Paddy Considine outshines practically every other actor with career opportunities in the early part of the 21st century. He will gain your sympathy, wring emotion from you, terrify you and leave you slack-jawed and in awe of his talent as he burns through the screen to face…
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