Noomi Rapace as Colin Farrell’s accident-scarred neighbour, looks as sullen as she did in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (I’m guessing that was the idea; the producers even hired Niels Arden Oplev, director of the original Tattoo, the first, and,in my opinion, the best of the Swedish language trilogy based on the books by Stieg Larsson). But without the signature Lisbeth Salander look she is just not as effective.
As for Irish actor Farrell as a Hungarian born family man breaking bad so he can exact a revenge on an American gangster (Terrence Howard), well, all I can say is … give me a break!
Some worthy character actors (F. Murray Abraham, Dominic Cooper, Armand Assante) and a certifiable international star (France’s Isabelle Huppert) are wasted in this bleak thriller.
Mr. Farrell was allegedly The Next Big Thing in the early 90s (remember him in Minority Report? ) . However, in recent years he seems to be spending the majority of his time in smaller features. Some are great (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths); others are merely mediocre (Triage, London Boulevard).
Dead Man Down is, regrettably, in the latter category.
(The less said about Alexander , Horrible Bosses and the recent ill-fated reboot of Total Recall the better.)