|Genre: Thriller, Murder, Drugs|
Tagline: He's in all of us.
Plot: Talented director Shane Meadows (A ROOM FOR ROMEO BRASS) teams up with fellow Brit Paddy Considine (IN AMERICA) for this exhilarating venture towards the dark edges of the human psyche. Considine plays Richard, a former military man who looks like life has chewed him up and spat him out in the most ugly way imaginable. As Meadows's film begins, Richard returns to his small home town along with his mentally challenged younger brother, Anthony (Toby Kebbell). It quickly becomes clear why Richard has returned: some years previously a gang of local thugs, led by the thoroughly unpleasant Sonny (Gary Stretch), tortured Anthony, and Richard is hell-bent on making them pay for their crimes. Meadows gradually allows Richard's psychotic tendencies and lust for revenge to unravel, crafting a number of scenes where Richard teasingly mocks Sonny and co. before delving into scenes of shockingly relentless violence.
An unusual film for Meadows, who has mostly plied his trade as a director of wry British comedies, DEAD MAN'S SHOES is packed full of unbearable tension and densely claustrophobic camera work. The film really belongs to Considine, whose impressive performance feels painfully real, often mirroring legendary on-screen psychopaths such as Robert DeNiro's Travis Bickle (TAXI DRIVER)
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Quite simply, an unforgettable blinder. I just watched it for the second time, then sat through it again with the audio commentary. I strongly suggest you do the same.
Overall the movie does really entertain and depress you, at times its so funny and at times the movie is as sad as Titanic. It will make you laugh and cry but most of all its a loved movie which you will warm to instantly.
Disturbing, uncompromising and completely gripping, this could do for slasher movies what 28 Days Later did for zombie flicks.
--Colin Kennedy (Empire Online)
...Dead Man's Shoes represents a quantum leap forward from Meadows' woefully thin Once Upon a Time in the Midlands. Hopefully, he'll continue to mature as a filmmaker. For now, however, his ambition exceeds his cinematic grasp.
--TIM KNIGHT (Reel.com)
As an addition to the rank of revenge films, 'Dead Mans Shoes' is one of the very best. As a British film of last year, it fully deserves its place alongside the best of Danny Boyle, Neil Marshall, Edgar Wright or Michael Winterbottom. Richard is someonewho you can quite imagine living down the road from you, or someone you went to school with. Just don't accept a cup of tea from him.
--M.P. Bartley (eFilmCritic.com)
| Directed by|
Once Upon a Time in the Midlands, 24 7: Twenty Four Seven, A Room for Romeo Brass
Alexander, A Good Night to Die, Dead Connection
Butterfly Kiss, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Funland
Querelle, Love Streams, The Second Coming
| Music By|
Devil's Playground, Monkey Drummer, Rubber Johnny