Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Deadfall Review - 3 Stars

Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde play brother and sister criminals,  who start the story counting wads of cash stolen from a casino near the Canadian border.  Suddenly — as in WHAM — their car slams into something, a trooper arrives, they shoot the trooper and split up with a plan to make their way to the border and reunite.  “Deadfall” feels like old school Film Noir—as the brother sister criminals make their way toward Canada, an ex boxer gets out of prison and faces down the man who put him there with brutal results.  Soon the stories converge and lead to the boxer’s parents home, where Sissy Spacek and Kris Kristofferson await his arrival.  Instead they get both their son and the stick up team. “Deadfall” has tension and surprise and good acting.  It feels classic.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Old school crime drama.  Is it entertaining?  Compelling.  Is it worth the price of admission?  Available on demand for the last few weeks and now in theaters–another trend setter?