Movie Review: Deadfall (2012)
Directed by: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Running Time: 95 minutes
Eric Bana: Addison
Olivia Wilde: Liza
Charlie Hunnam: Jay
Sissy Spacek: June
Kris Kristofferson: Chet
Kate Mara: Hanna
Treat Williams: Becker
On a dark, snowy night in the middle of nowhere, a black Lincoln Towncar carrying 3 criminals (siblings Addison and Liza) fresh off a heist (and an untold sum of money) crashes, leaving one dead and the two siblings on the run. Thus begins Deadfall, a crime thriller to be released in theaters December 7, 2012. From the start, it is clear that Addison and Liza are closer than siblings are meant to be. Addison dominates Liza, who is childlike and seems to be a little dim as well. The two decide to split up and meet later at the Canadian border. At this point, the viewer must suspend their disbelief that these two people could survive what can only be described as brutal, blizzard conditions in their current state of dress. Liza is wearing a sequined miniskirt and little else. Addison is at least wearing an overcoat, but it still wouldn't hold up to the wind and cold. But let's put that aside for now.
Meanwhile, we meet Jay, a former Olympic boxer who has just been released from prison for throwing a fight. He, too, soon finds himself on the run after he gets into an altercation with his former manager. He sets out for his parents house which is located near Addison and Liza's accident site. And, as I'm sure you have guessed, he soon finds Liza abandoned in the snow and gives her a ride. Again, disbelief must be suspended to believe that two people who look like Olivia Wilde and Charlie Hunnam are just going to coincidentally meet on a snowy road in the middle of nowhere (I was particularly impressed with her makeup and perfectly groomed eyebrows!). He decides to give her a ride to the nearest gas station, but in a twist of fate, they get snowed in and fall in love in the process.
In yet another plot line, Hanna is a young sheriff's deputy working for her father, Becker, in this little town. She grew up with Jay and knows his parents very well. Her relationship with her father is strained as he refused to treat her like the other deputies, both because she is a girl and because she is his daughter. She struggles with the decision to go to the FBI academy and leave him on his own as her mother ran off years before.
And Jay's father, Chet, is the retired Sheriff. He and his wife, June, live in a big farmhouse and are preparing for a cold Thanksgiving. Jay is planning to stop by and pick up the keys to their cabin, and June is hoping that she can convince Jay to stay for the meal. Chet and Jay have been estranged from each other since Jay's unfortunate incarceration.
Now that I've introduced you to all of the key characters in the movie, you can see that there are a lot of stories to flesh out in a mere 95 minutes. So it will come as no surprise that none of the characters are fully developed when they finally all come together for the pivotal Thanksgiving meal scene. Addison has found his way to Chet and June's and has convinced them to go ahead and serve the meal at gunpoint. Jay and Liza arrive shortly thereafter. And in one of the most dysfunctional family Thanksgiving's I've ever seen, Addison proceeds to eat his meal and make creepy small talk as if he isn't really holding all of them hostage. And in a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, poor Hanna shows up just in time for dessert.
As I have said, this movie is poorly written and poorly executed. The actors do a good job with what they have, but the movie can't be saved. Eric Bana is chilling as Addison and a whole movie about just him would have been fine. But there are too many side stories. And poor Charlie Hunnam. I believe that he has more range in him than Jax Teller from Sons of Anarchy, but he appears to be typecast once again in Deadfall. Kris Kristofferson is his usual quiet, brooding self. And Sissy Spacek, an actress I believe to be quite beautiful, is once again frumped up for this role.
If you've read my reviews before, you will know that I don't often write a bad review. This is usually due to the fact that I don't have to review everything, therefore I can pick and choose the things that appeal to me. But I felt it necessary to write this one because if it appealed to me, then it might appeal to my readers. And I can't recommend giving up 95 minutes of your life to watch Deadfall. Skip it.
However, having said that, if you do decide to watch it, you can download it at iTunes here:
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