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Dead Man's Shoes (2004)

Cast: Paddy Considine, Gary Stretch, Toby Kebbell, more...
Director: Shane Meadows
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Magnolia
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish
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Richard (Paddy Considine of In America) returns to the rural region of Derbyshire, where he grew up, after seven years in the military. His mentally challenged brother, Anthony (newcomer Toby Kebbell), tags along. Something awful has happened to Anthony, and Richard means to set things right. Richard angrily confronts Herbie (Stuart Wolfenden), a small-time drug dealer, in the local pub, then creepily apologizes to him a few minutes later outside. Herbie runs to his mates and tells them what happened, but before they have a chance to respond, they find that they're targets. Richard starts out with relatively harmless pranks, vandalizing their houses and painting their faces while they're asleep. Sonny (former boxer Gary Stretch), the gang's bullying leader, confronts Richard on the street, but Richard refuses to back down. Sonny's ragtag crew are ill equipped to respond to Richard's ruthless military tactics. As Richard inexorably goes about his business, and the bodies begin to pile up, we learn, through flashbacks, what happened to Anthony. Dead Man's Shoes was directed by Shane Meadows (Once Upon a Time in the Midlands), who co-wrote the script with Considine. The film had its U.S. premiere at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide

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Vengeance is Theirs, Sayest These Filmmakers by talltale September 6, 2006 - 2:20 PM PDT
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Another Shane Meadows exercise, this time about vengeance, DEAD MAN'S SHOES is a downer. This, in itself, would not be a problem except that the believability quotient is shockingly low. There is a genuine surprise midway along, but once you think about it for a moment, it begins to destroy what tiny credibility is left. I have enjoyed other of Meadow's work and hope to soon again, although the "exercise" term I've applied above is fairly apparent elsewhere, too. He's still learning (aren't we all?), but sometimes I wish the process were not quite so apparent.

On this film, he's director and co-writer (with star Paddy Considine and Paul Fraser), and the three of them seem not to have considered from where their hero gets any of his information on past misdeeds, or that it might have been best to leave him a tad more tight-lipped at the finale---rather than spilling out a credible but utterly ham-fisted explanation of what has happened and how it has affected him. One more question: Didn't the bad guys bring more than one bullet for their rifle?

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