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Deadfall

"Deadfall", previously titled "Kin" and "Blackbird", is a 2012 crime drama film directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky starring Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam and Eric Bana. Siblings Addison and Liza are on the run with the stolen loot from a casino job gone horribly wrong. Meanwhile, troubled ex-boxer Jay heads for Thanksgiving dinner with his parents, June and retired sheriff Chet. What will happen when their worlds collide in a twist of fate?

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: M18
Release Date: 10 Jan 2013
Genre: Thriller / Crime
Running Time: 1 Hour 35 Minutes
Distributor: SHAW ORGANISATION
Cast: Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Kris Kristofferson
Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Format: 35MM, 2D

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Writer: Lorraine Tan

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Watch this if you liked: “Blackthorn”

"Deadfall" is a story about redemption, forgiveness and family love.

Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky, "Deadfall" is a thriller that opens with two siblings forced to split up after committing a robbery. They both head for the Canadian border separately, by faith that they would survive the unforgiving blizzard, and was only able to communicate to each other through their cell phones.

Eric Bana ("Hulk") stars as Addison, the older brother, while Olivia Wilde ("Tron Legacy") is his sister, Liza.

While on the run, Liza meets Jay, played by Charlie Hunnam ("Sons Of Anarchy"), an ex-Olympic boxer who has just been released from prison. She hitches a ride from Jay, who plans to get home for Thanksgiving dinner, but also has issues with his father Chet, played by country singer Kris Kristofferson.

Set during Thanksgiving, unfortunately it has little context for viewers in Singapore and Malaysia as it is rarely celebrated here. Anyway, this movie is released here after Thanksgiving, catering more for the US market.

The cinematography is top-notch, showcasing the whiteout of the blizzard, adding to the atmosphere of the film, making one feel cold too. There are often scenes where Addison is shown walking in the wilderness, making good use of the white space and adding to the notion of him being a lone wolf. The film also features some good action/fight scenes, including a snowmobile chase.

However, the director has tried to cram many character arcs and subplots into the film, and not all of them are resolved or explained properly. This is what keeps "Deadfall" from being a great movie.

In conclusion, "Deadfall" is a heart-wrenching film that has the occasional over-intense and brutal scene but consistently and beautifully shot scenes set in the winter cold. Watch only if you are a fan of noir thrillers, but please note that it is definitely not suited for kids.

Cinema Online, 07 January 2013
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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