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Dead Man's Shoes

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United Kingdom · 2004
Rated R · 1h 30m
Director Shane Meadows
Starring Paddy Considine, Gary Stretch, Toby Kebbell, Jo Hartley
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller

Richard, a former soldier, comes back to his hometown in Derbyshire, England. Once there, Richard proceeds to take gradually escalating revenge on the gang of drug dealers who had been tormenting his mentally disabled younger brother in this gritty thriller about the nature of violence.

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Dead Man's Shoes is all about revenge, but in trying to be one of those serious revenge films that questions violence while indulging in it, it manages to keep virtually all the characters unsympathetic and uninteresting.


Variety by Derek Elley

Film plays as a quirky Brit riff on everything from U.S. slasher pics to revenge oaters but without Meadows' usual psychological complexity.


New York Daily News by Jami Bernard

This is no simplistic vigilante movie. Like Park Chan-wook's "Vengeance" trilogy, it explores the nature of the beast of revenge, leaving the audience in a sweat of dread.


The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

For all Dead Man's Shoes' well-paced, well-observed boondocks melodrama, its premise seems simultaneously slender and overheated.

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