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Revenge Is In Us All.
|Richard has always protected his simple-minded little brother anthony. When richard leaves the village where they've grown up to join the army, anthony is taken in by sonny, a vicious drug dealer and his gang. Anthony becomes the gang's pet and plaything. Seven years later, richard returns to settle the score.|
"A film for the true connoisseur. Tight, well-made and evocative. Reed, New York Observer
"An outright masterpiece...As powerful a piece of work as Taxi Driver was in its day. S.F. Said, Daily Telegraph
"Gripping and artful. "Jami Bernard, New York Daily News"
""A film for the true connoisseur. Tight, well-made and evocative." "Reed, New York Observer"
"An outright masterpiece...As powerful a piece of work as Taxi Driver was in its day. "S.F. Said, Daily Telegraph"
Editor's NoteTalented director Shane Meadows (A ROOM FOR ROMEO BRASS) teams up with fellow Brit Paddy Considine (IN AMERICA) for this exhilarating venture towards the dark edges of the human psyche. Considine plays Richard, a former military man who looks like life has chewed him up and spat him out in the most ugly way imaginable. As Meadows's film begins, Richard returns to his small home town along with his mentally challenged younger brother, Anthony (Toby Kebbell). It quickly becomes clear why Richard has returned: some years previously a gang of local thugs, led by the thoroughly unpleasant Sonny (Gary Stretch), tortured Anthony, and Richard is hell-bent on making them pay for their crimes. Meadows gradually allows Richard's psychotic tendencies and lust for revenge to unravel, crafting a number of scenes where Richard teasingly mocks Sonny and co. before delving into scenes of shockingly relentless violence. An unusual film for Meadows, who has mostly plied his trade as a director of wry British comedies, DEAD MAN'S SHOES is packed full of unbearable tension and densely claustrophobic camera work. The film really belongs to Considine, whose impressive performance feels painfully real, often mirroring legendary on-screen psychopaths such as Robert DeNiro's Travis Bickle (TAXI DRIVER) or Michael Caine's Jack Carter (GET CARTER). Although the violence is unremitting when it comes, Meadows carefully judges it so the film doesn't descend into meaningless slasher territory, instead choosing to steer his film into a satisfying fantasy-revenge scenario aimed at anyone who has been tormented by small-town aggressors.
Cast & Crew
|Aphex Twin - Original Music By|
|Celia Haining, et. al. - Editor|
|Danny Cohen - Cinematographer|
|Mark Herbert - Producer|
|Paddy Considine - Writer|
|Shane Meadows - Director|
|Steve Beckett - Executive Producer|
|"Celia Haining, et. al." - Editor|
|British Academy Awards, Mark Herbert, Shane Meadows, Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film|