BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
MARCH 9, 2013
The idea was there, the fantastic cast, and even the snowy setting, but somehow “Deadfall” and director Stefan Ruzowitzky never quite get on the right foot. The film starts strong with the car crash promised by the marketing almost immediately. Instantly the characters are sent into motion, but instead of clear, cut paths, they meander until we can’t take it anymore.
For starters, a creepy incestuous vibe comes from Liza (Olivia Wilde) and Addison (Eric Bana), which is entirely unnecessary. Wilde, who is as stunning as always, is often taken advantage of, including in a steamy sex scene. Jay (Charlie Hunnam) is also running from the cops for some reason, which is also unneeded. Top that off with an over-the-top sheriff whose deputy happens to be his daughter (Kate Mara). As you read this film’s list of actors and actresses, you wonder how the film falls so hard.
Had the screenplay been given some extra attention, “Deadfall” could have been a robust and well-paced suspense thriller, but instead barely reaches the levels of drama. There are moments of clarity, but often this film loses sight of what it wants to be. I have to give props to the cast for powering through and hardly faltering despite what they’re up against, but overall, “Deadfall” lands just a bit short of being an enjoyable film.
December 7, 2012
(for strong violence, language and sexuality)