Saturday, April 27, 2013

Now on Netflix Instant: Deadfall (2012)

Deadfall (2012) - Directed by Stefon Ruzowitzky; Written by Zach Dean; Starring Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Kate Mara, Charlie Hunnam, Kris Kristofferson, Treat Williams.

By Kenny Howell

It just happens sometimes. Sometimes good people get together and make a bad movie. It's inevitable. It happens to the best of them.

But man, this one. This is just really bad.

A brother and sister (Bana and Wilde) escape after a casino heist goes wrong, and wreck in a snowed-in northern town. They go their separate ways to try to escape. Addison, the brother, gets to a cabin and gets deeper into trouble, and Liza, the sister, meets up with a guy just out of jail (Hunnam) who is trying to get his life back on track. Add that to the police trying to hunt them down, Hanna (Mara), an officer whose dad is the sheriff (Williams). He doesn't like her and thinks she is a terrible officer, even though he must of hired her since he is the Sheriff and all. He doesn't like her because she was born with lady bits instead of man bits, which apparently make you good at law enforcement.

Beside the absurd conflict between the sheriff and his daughter, which is so overdone, the script is just awful. Everyone speaks in exposition or to set the circumstances. Characters pop into the movie to say stuff like "I'm the bartender, you can't get out of here tonight, too much snow, I got this bar in a divorce, ok, see you later." That is obviously paraphrased, but it might as well be exact. A woman comes into see Hanna and says she is so and so's daughter, and Hanna says, yes, she was behind me three years in school, but sit down. If she wasn't three years behind her, would she have let her sit down? We will never know.

The crowning achievement is when a fellow officer gets blown away with a shotgun, and his partner, who obviously saw it calls his name and lightly asks, "are you OK?" as if he was saying, oh, come on, stop fooling, get up and lots go do some policing.

This is bordering on the so bad it's good territory, so have at it if that's what you are into. 

Deadfall is now streaming on Netflix Instant.

Rating: 1/2 a star

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