Stefan Ruzowitzky

Deadfall

Deadfall is a prime example of a film losing steam too quickly, making it an exceedingly weak and limp effort from The Counterfeiters director Stefan Ruzowitzky. What starts off as a promising, chilly crime yarn turns out to be another generic thriller, always hitting the beats we expect. The structure is in place to make for a decent B-movie, but Ruzowitzky deflates almost every scene with standard, by-the-book flat filmmaking. How formulaic is it? This formulaic: Jay (Charlie Hunnam) has just been released from prison. Don’t worry, though, he’s really a (mildly) innocent man. He also isn’t your “average criminal,” because most criminals don’t happen to be former Olympian boxers. Who live by the border of Canada. Who get tangled up in some bad (read: nearly wacky) situations. It’s  just a real shame for Jay that two casino-robbing siblings, Addison (Eric Bana) and Liz (Olivia Wilde), attempt to take advantage of him and his family on Thanksgiving. Their plan heats up, though, once Liza and Jay start to feel something for one another. Obviously, nothing new going on there. What is missing to make it work is any sense of investment from Ruzowitzky. He takes joy in constructing some of the film’s action, but when it comes to Hunnam’s character, his dopey love story, and his conflict with his parents, Ruzowitzky appears more bored with it all than we are.

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Deadfall 2012

There was a time in Stefan Ruzowitzky‘s career that he was directing Matt LeBlanc as he tried to end WWII. Things have progressed from there. Now, Ruzowitzky has Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam and more notables all trying to survive the cold of the Canadian border. In Deadfall, Bana and Wilde play a brother-sister set of robbers who snagged a bunch of bills from a casino and are trying to make it out of the country. Hopefully everything goes smoothly! Just kidding. They crash a car, kill a cop, and then frozen feces really hits the fan. Check out the trailer for yourself:

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