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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…
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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...
I had zero expectations, which just leaves all the more room for me to be surprised, which is…
Kudos for a different take on a genre film, not sure if I thought much of the film itself, though. I must be missing what everyone else loved, no denying the creepiness, performances or the atmosphere, though.
Two brothers pay a return visit to their small dilapidated English town. It soon becomes clear that the older brother has some unpleasant intentions for a local group of hoods the younger brother hung out with.
It's a take on the old, "Wait till I tell my big brother!" schoolyard cry of revenge (with the big brother being Steven Seagal). Is there anything more boring than a super-warrior systematically dismantling a group of chumps clearly not up to fighting back? To be completely fair, the movie gets a fair amount of humour from the gang members' small talk, then their squabbling and freaking out at their plight, which makes the results even more brutal and unfair than the average…
It would've been more satisfying for us if the film revealed the full extent of wrongdoing of which our avenging anti-hero's victims are guilty before seeing their brutal comeuppance, but the bleak naturalism of its Northern English atmosphere and eerily moving performances by Considine, Stretch and Kebbell leave resonance once the express 86 minutes are up.
la venganza se sirve con unas pintas y llena de droga. ya quisiera guy ritchie firmar esta pelicula.
Uff. Težak film, s implementiranom sitnom dozom britanskog humora na početku i tragičnim, emotivno snažnim krajem. Nisam dugo gledal neki film koji je sposoban u toj mjeri potpiriti osjećaj empatije a ovaj film to radi do te mjere da sam v jednom trenutku stvarno osjetil mučninu v želucu. Toby Kebbella pamtim po ulozi v "Rock 'n' rolla" i zbog njega sam zapravo pogledal film. Bilo mi je zanimljivo vidjeti ga u ulozi fizički zakinutog lika koju je solidno odigral, kolko mu je već film dal prostora za to s obzirom na samu bit uloge i njezin vijek u ovoj drami. Stavil bi ga okvir "osvetničkih" filmova i mislim da polako morem graditi novu listu upravo te tematike, s do sad pogledanim Leonom i Sleepersima. Scene su glazbeno odlično popraćene i stvarno podgrijavaju emotivne osjećaje koji se kuhaju v čoveku dok gleda ovaj film. Preporuka!
Tan grande como los cojones del protagonista.
Evo jedno od većih iznenađenja, mislio sam da će biti neko emocionalno prduckanje pošto ima retardiranog brata u cijeloj toj priči, ali DAPAČE, nema toliko, preporuka svima pa si pogledajte, originalno, toplo, TWIST JE SVEMIR ONO LOL
Nije me toliko film zabavio i da sam uživao u njemu, priča jeste zanimljiva i drži pažnju do kraja da vidim što će se desiti. Mana filma je što najviše pati scenario, aj oke ono sa retro fotografijom i crno bjeli kadrovi. Moram priznati dobar twist! Ja sam se šokirao kad sam vidjeo da je onaj dečko mrtav, a cijelo vrijeme je bio kao neko sjećanje. Paddy Considine moram priznati baš harizmatičan glumac.
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