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Dead Man's Shoes
He's in all of us.
A soldier returns home to his small town and exacts a deadly revenge on the thugs who tormented his dimwitted brother while he was away.
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-…
Horrorctober 2016, Film 15
Ein moderner Brit-Klassiker aus dem Jahre 2004, eigentlich kein Horrorfilm - in drei Wochen von Shane Meadows and Paddy Considine in den Midlands auf Super 16 gedreht, eine Selbstjustiz- und Rachegeschichte im Junkiemilieu des Vorstadtpöbels. Also: Zu Beginn des Films kehrt ein Mann in seine Heimatstadt, ein kleines Nest in den Midlands, zurück. Der Mann scheint Soldat zu sein. Er trägt Uniform und geht über grüne Wiesen, bis er in einem verfallenen Bauernhof sein karges Lager aufschlägt. Der Mann wirkt äußerst entschlossen. Er hat eine Mission und einen Plan. Er wird die Dorfjunkies der Reihe nach töten, die seinen geistig behinderten Bruder gepeinigt, missbraucht und in den Selbstmord getrieben haben. Zuerst terrorisiert er sie ein bisschen.…
"I'm not threatening you mate. It's beyond fucking words. I watched over you when you were asleep and I looked at your fucking neck and I was that far away from slicing it."
In terms of narrative structure this is a revenge thriller: Richard (Paddy Considine), just out of the army, returns to his home town to get revenge on the gang of no-hopers and minor drug dealers who bullied and traumatized his younger, simple minded brother. Yet its style is rooted in British social realist cinema: ordinary people shown in recognizable contexts, filmed in a straightforward way that denies all glossiness or fancy-pants artiness. At times this mix can lead to comedy: the gang head out to kill Richard at the derelict farm where he is staying, the five of them packed into a yellow Citroën 2CV, driving through the quiet villages and country roads of the Peak District National Park...it’s not…
Die Schauspieler sind gut und ein paar Szenen haben mir gefallen, trotzdem funktioniert der Film in meinen Augen überhaupt nicht aber um das zu erklären, müsste ich das Ende verraten.
Shane Meadows unique, gritty realism is all over this film which is essentially a revenge story. The performance of Richard played by Paddy Considine is incredible, how subdued yet terrifying he is is marvellous. The film takes a turn which I did guess early on in the film but it excecuted it very well and the Super 8 flashbacks were a great story-telling device.
What an absolutely astonishing experience. Paddy Considine is an under appreciated gem
En Dead Man's Shoes encontramos dos pelis, a cada una más contundente. En color, una historia de venganza intercalada con los paisajes rurales británicos en los que está ambientada la película. En blanco y negro, una historia turbia y despiadada de acoso que rompe el corazón. Y por si eso fuera poco, Shane Meadows guarda un as bajo la manga para acabar de retorcerlo todo.
"God will forgive them. And I can't live with that"
Shane Meadow's film has been sat on my shelf for years now, and I don't know why I've put off watching it for so long. It's a harrowing, frankenstein of a movie, stitched together raggedly using Paddy Considine's strong performance.
Moody revenge flick set in Derbyshire, UK. Picturesque little villages and petty gangster types. I liked it a lot - Paddy Considine is great in it.
Not sure of the background to this, but it feels very low budget. Various scenes conveying characters are in altered states etc. all look pretty rough. Dialogue volume is all over the show, I reckon I missed maybe a fifth of what was said. Still good though.
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