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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.
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…
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…
Existentially speaking, this might be the best revenge film I've ever seen. Damn.
Hitchcock would like this
Powerful and twisted in its own right.
British hidden gem.
This was a really sad film and odd as well. A line that in any other film would make me burst into a fit of laughter was just creepy, when a thug accidentally snorts parmesan cheese. Some of the acting was… odd, like the scene with the husband and wife on the stairs, and perhaps this was to make the horror-thriller in a calm england countryside setting feel unusual. These oddity's set against the operatic revenge story made for an always spine-chilling film. The main character's insanity gives you that bit of uncertainty as to whether he is actually avenging for a good reason or just to kill: the line 'he was an embarrassment' followed by kind prayers to his…
Paddy Considine as the returned soldier looking to sort out the local nasties who messed with his disabled brother. Smart, black, funny, chilling, powerful, this revenge flick packs an emotional punch well above its budget.
I expected nothing more than a nasty movie about revenge killings with lots of blood. My expectations were met during the first 2/3 of the movie with a seemingly psychotic former commando taking revenge on a bunch of mumbling drug-addled bad boys. The vengeance seemed way out of proportion to the bad-boy's bad deeds. However, the viewer slowly learns the truth and the last third of the movie is wrenching and almost spiritual. It also has a great score.
Dead Man's Shoes British psychological thriller directed by Shane Meadows. This film draws upon its plot plainly. Richard returns to his hometown to take revenge of his younger brother who was abused, by several locals at ruined castle. He envision his brother to be with him everywhere he goes. I hardly get over such plots, absolutely predictable and consequences too simple to bite at it.
My favourite Meadows' film and (with Quadrophenia) my favourite British film.
I saw this by mistake around 7 years ago and didn't expect much as the cover looked awful. I expected a cheap and predictable horror. Big mistake!
Dead Man's shoes is superb. Very intense and captivating throughout. I admire the ambition of Shane Meadows, on a very limited budget, to do something different and not just make the same old, predictable, depressing British flick.
Paddy Considine is a revelation in this. He gives a fantastic and believable performance in the lead role as a returning soldier, with great support from others, including ex-boxer, Gary Stretch!
Dead Man's Shoes is not without its dark humour. It is very funny in places while the musical score is judged perfectly to help sustain an unsettling mood throughout.
Grim, dark, funny,tragic and scary. A truly great film.
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- A Page of Madness
- Un Chien Andalou
- L'âge d'or
- Meshes of the Afternoon
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Christiane F.
My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 615-635 are not ordered yet.