DEADFALL Film Review

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Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde play siblings that have committed a robbery at a casino when their plan for a simple escape to the Canadian border is abruptly changed due to dangerous snow covered highways. They are forced to separate in a forest during a snowstorm with plans to meet up. Addison (Bana) embarks on a murderous journey to find shelter and his sister, Liza (Wilde). Liza meets up with Jay (Hunnam), an ex boxer that is fresh out of jail, on the fierce winter highways of Michigan. Jay is on his way home to his parent’s house for the holidays, trying to escape a confrontation with his former boxing coach. His parents, played by Sissy Spacek and Kris Kristofferson, are conflicted upon hearing that their delinquent son is returning home. Liza and Jay develop a romantic relationship while Addison continues to add to his body count. Ultimately, these characters end up tangled in the gory web made by Addison and Liza.

I am a huge fan of Charlie Hunnam from Sons of Anarchy, which is what led me to Deadfall. I make it a priority to watch every film he is in. As a fan, I enjoy watching his acting wings spread. However, Deadfall just didn’t give Hunnam the space that he needed to stretch those gorgeous wings of his. Most fans beg to catch a glimpse of Hunnam’s bum on the screen, well your wish has been granted except it’s on the big screen. Hunnam performs with a Jax-like sway during his fight scenes. Is it award winning? No, but his American accent is much better than Bana’s Alabama accent. (I’m from the south, so accents are my forte.) Wilde (Liza) and Hunnam’s (Jay) romantic relationship stimulated the films’ sometimes drawn out scenes of the local law enforcement searching for Bana (Addison).

I don’t believe that Deadfall was a bust, in fact considering what is available to watch in the theaters regarding action and thriller movies, I found it very entertaining. The film is appealing because of its stellar cast. It is noteworthy to watch Spacek and Hunnam onscreen together as mother-son. There is plenty of suspenseful action throughout the film, at times bloody. I did catch myself, jumping unexpectedly at times. Give Deadfall a watch, it’s entertaining and not just because you see Hunnam’s backside.

Deadfall held my attention the entire 95 minutes.  Cinematographer, Shane Hurlbut, captured the exquisite snowfall throughout the film. Hurlbut’s eye was keen on the winter landscape that added to the plot of Deadfall. However, the weather also led me feeling left with some unanswered questions. Mainly, why did Bana (Addison) not suffer from the cold like Wilde (Liza)? I also felt that the ending didn’t give closure to the film, it felt empty. With that being said, I’m not quite sure how the ending could have ended without dragging on. So I am satisfied. Watch it and let me know your thoughts.

Deadfall (2012)
3 1/2 stars  R- 95 min  –  Crime | Drama | Thriller
Stefan Ruzowitzky
Zach Dean (screenplay)
Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde and Charlie Hunnam

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