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Dead Man's Shoes
Paddy Considine (who co-wrote the screenplay with Meadows) plays Richard, a taciturn army veteran newly returned to his hometown and on a mission to make a group of low-level criminals pay for abusing his mildly retarded younger brother, Anthony (Kebbel).
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…
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…
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.
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…
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-…
Shane Meadows is to many one of the last great directors left in the UK, along with Mike Leigh, as his films have not only been technically accomplished, he is also someone with an actual voice in cinema and real artistic merits. After seeing the brilliant This Is England, Dead Man's Shoes further proved to me his skill behind the camera by delivering a disturbing but also heartfelt revenge film. Believed to be a dead genre, at least artistically, Meadows breathes fresh air into its stagnating state. He understands that in order for revenge to work an emotional connection needs to be built between viewer and film. Thanks to the wonderful chemistry between Paddy Considine and the excellent Toby Kebbell…
A brutal revenge picture that reverses the usual tropes about local tough guys, making these fellows craven idiots who will abuse a mentally challenged boy but lose their shit in the face of a competent threat. Unfortunately, for all its handheld grit, black-and-white 16mm-looking flashbacks, and badass character moments for Paddy Considine's avenging brother, I struggle to see exactly what this film is trying to say. The violence is shocking and well-staged, the performances are solid, and there's a killer soundtrack, but there's just a hole at the center of the film's anti-redemptive arc that makes it far less interesting than it might have been.
I enjoyed Meadows's This Is England, largely because it grounds even its bad guys in…
My favourite film of all time with an absolute towering performance from my favourite actor of all time, Paddy Considine.
A tale of revenge. Richard (Paddy Considine) decides to kick some ass of all the bullies that harassed his little brother.
It's a joy to see the character Richard on the screen, he is not the biggest or angriest avenger but he's definitely the scariest in a controlled kind of way. There's nothing new in this film, you already know the plot and how it's gonna end but what surprises you is Paddy (who also wrote the script) and his ability to fear him.
All in all, the dialogue and the flashbacks with the character's costumization are quite poor. Surprisingly, the bullies are not very smart which makes a little funny to see them getting chased. And yes, England's countryside is beautiful.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Shane Meadows is a genius, and Paddy Considine is a joy to watch on the screen. Brilliant revenge film, gets my blood up!
Κρατώ τη βρετανική δυσωδία από αυτή την ταινία και πετώ όλα τα υπόλοιπα. Δεν μ' εντυπωσίασε σε κανένα σημείο και δεν θεωρώ πως μπορεί να σταθεί δίπλα στις καλές ταινίες εκδίκησης, με κύριο πρόβλημα την αδυναμία ταύτισης με κάποιον από τους χαρακτήρες.
Considine did a very good job by playing the role of the brother who brought vengeance upon those who tortured his mentally challenged brother.I was angry and sad at the same time,while i was watching the film.
Favorite quote:God will forgive them. He'll forgive them and allow them into Heaven. I can't live with that.
Paddy Considine killing a bunch of foul mouthed coke heads until his own soul is on the line. Then he must turn the knife on himself. Didn't help that I couldn't understand half of what they were saying over their mumbling, thick accents. Ugly in all facets of the game.
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There are certain advantages and disadvantages to watching a film you know absolutely nothing about, and I experienced a bit of both while watching Dead Man's Shoes.
I'll start with a disadvantage, I didn't realize till about half way through the movie that Anthony was supposed to be mentally challenged. That's likely my own fault, but it caused some level of bewilderment for the first bit of the movie. This just sort of points to how I had no context heading into the film, there was nothing to really ground myself with. But that leads to the advantage...
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