Magazine article Screen International


Magazine article Screen International


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Dir: Stefan Ruzowitzky. US. 2012. 95mins

Marking the US debut of Oscar-winning Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky, Deadfall is a Coen-esque crime thriller with a nicely edgy tone and a handsome widescreen look. The strength-in-depth cast may not lead to big domestic box office numbers but it should help the film get some deserved attention in ancillary and international markets.

Ruzowitzky - whose 2007 crime drama The Counterfeiters won the foreign language film Oscar - makes atmospheric use of the northern landscape and weather.

Premiered at April's Tribeca festival, the film (also titled as Kin, Blackbird or Cold Blood at different stages) opened in Germany and a few smaller international markets last month. A limited December 7 US theatrical opening through Magnolia Pictures should help promote the title's early availability on domestic VOD.

In his first produced script, screenwriter Zach Dean weaves a family theme into his crime-gone-wrong plot. After taking a big haul in a casino robbery but crashing the getaway car, siblings Addison (played by Eric Bana) and Liza (Tron: Legacy's Olivia Wilde) are trying to make it to the Canadian border during a near whiteout blizzard.

Liza hitches a ride with ex-boxer Jay (Charlie Hunnam, from cable's Sons Of Anarchy) and tags along on a tense holiday visit to his parents (Kris Kristofferson and Sissy Spacek). Addison's violent trail leads to the same isolated house and the two families - plus a visiting female cop (happythankyouplease's Kate Mara) - end up sitting down at gunpoint to a bizarre Thanksgiving meal. …

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