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Dead Man Down (trailer)

Okay, I’ll watch Noomi Rapace and especially Colin Farrell in anything, so I’m looking forward to this. (Not that it has a U.K. release date yet or anything.) But isn’t it interesting — and by interesting, of course, I mean depressing as hell — that as soon as director Niels Arden Oplev goes Hollywood, he goes from making a movie about a woman who doesn’t need a man to rescue her to a movie about a woman who has clearly been abused and needs to cajole a man into doing her revenge for her. (Oplev’s previous film was the “original” The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. You know, the one that didn’t make anal rape look sexy.)

This movie could still be good. I hope it is. But looks like fairly conventional stuff.

US/Canada release date: Mar 8 2013

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