Dead Man Down
might look like just another crime thriller on the surface, but it’s nothing like most of what you’ve seen from the genre before. This movie is really an unapologetic melodrama -- one that just happens to be punctuated by torturous grit and absolutely bonkers action sequences. The worst you can say about it is that it doesn’t follow many of the unspoken rules about American crime dramas: You’re supposed to be able to predict the emotional beats and cathartic moments on a prescribed schedule laid down by so many films in the past, but Dead Man Down
follows its own rhythm. New York City is supposed to be the chief supporting character in a m...