Extra Cinema: Deadfall (15)


Starring: Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam,Kate Mara. Dir: Stefan Ruzowitzky.

SET largely during a blizzard along the Michigan-Canadian border, Deadfall sends a chill of disappointment down the spine.

Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky, uses cliches and contrivance of this disjointed crime thriller. The script is a mess, ricocheting between four narrative threads that only come together in the film’s violent closing act.

That haphazard structure prevents Ruzowitzky from building up any momentum or forging emotional ties between us and the characters.

Addison (Eric Bana), sister Liza (Olivia Wilde) and an accomplice pull off a casino heist and speed away along snow-laden roads, bound for the Canadian border. The getaway car swerves to avoid a deer and ends up on its roof.

Deadfall is a peculiar mish-mash of genres, spiked with graphic violence and gratuitous nudity.

Dialogue doesn’t flow naturally and the shifts in tone between black comedy, romance and suspense are often jarring.

Rating: 4/10