Dead Man Down

Synopsis: Victor, a rising gangland player, has infiltrated the crime empire run by ruthless kingpin Alphonse, with the single purpose of making Alphonse pay for destroying his once happy life. As he meticulously orchestrates his vengeance from his high-rise home, Victor watches and is watched by Beatrice, a mysterious young woman who lives in the apartment across from his. On the surface a fragile woman-child, Beatrice seethes with a rage of her own. When she uncovers Victor's dark secrets, she threatens to expose him unless he helps her carry out her own campaign of retribution. Each fixated on avenging the past, they devise a violent and cathartic plan that could change their worlds forever. Beatrice is kidnapped by Alphonse towards the end, Its a race against time for Victor to save her.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Niels Arden Oplev
Production: FilmDistrict
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min

It wasn't meant to

be this way. You know?

We make our plans, sure.

But life...

Life is what happens

to you along the way.

You know, at first,

I didn't want this.

I didn't want to connect.

I didn't want to

get involved.

And she kept on at me.

"This is what life is. This is

why we're here, to connect.

"To build."

We're here

to build something.

And then we had Theo.

And then I understood

that she was right.

We're not meant

to be alone.

You know what

she said to me?

She said that even

the most damaged heart

can be mended.

Even the most damaged heart.


No, I'm with Vic.


I can't let you in

until Alphonse is home.

Alphonse is on his way.


In the basement.

Oh, Paulie.


It's Paul.

Why is the alarm off?

I told you that you

should always have it on!

She said that she

didn't turn it off.


"719, now you realize."


What the f***?

This sh*t is crazy.

Now he's killing us.

Call the locksmith.

And get that a**hole from the

alarm company over here.

"Now you realize."

I know who's

doing this to me.

Killed for less.

A little uncouth to

come without a call.

There's a better

place for you to be.

Get out. Go.

Am I gonna get paid?

Have you seen this man?

Paul? Everyone

knows Paul's missing.

I want you to think

before you answer.

'Cause I'm getting

to the bottom of this.

The bottom of what?

Three months of letters.

Three months of torment.

Not being able to leave

my house without wondering

if some coward is gonna

sneak up behind me and...

Paul was looking into this.

And I think he found exactly

what he was looking for.

But before he

could come and tell me,

my friend Paul shows up

strangled in my freezer.

You've got a lot of enemies,

don't you, Alphonse?

Three months ago you and

I had our disagreement!

I raised my take to 25%

to allow you to continue

to operate in my buildings.

I started getting letters

three months ago!

That's no f***ing


That's not f***ing accurate!

You asked for 30%, and Lon told

you, you could only ask me for 20%.

So if anyone was bent out of shape,

it was f***ing you, Alphonse.

Who's in this picture?

I don't f***ing know. Who the

f*** is in this picture?

I don't know!

What am I supposed

to realize?

What does 719 mean? What am

I going to f***ing realize?

What am I gonna

f***ing realize?

Darcy, want to give me

a hand here, mate?

He ain't got sh*t

to do with this!

I've been picking up from

Harry for over a year.

No. He's a f***ing liar

so you shut the f*** up.

I'm gonna ask you again.

What am I supposed to realize?

I don't care what you

think I've done to you,

you are not sanctioned

to kill me.

That much

I do f***ing know.

So it's not on,

you even coming here!

"Not on"?

The term is, "Not cool".

It's you f***ing English.

You always do sh*t like that.

Alphonse, just...


You also make your

sevens like this.


are not sanctioned

to kill me.

F*** it.

What the f***

y'all waiting for?

Do it.

F***, you've been hit.

Don't worry about it.

A bit better

this time.

Will you be all right to

drive yourself home, Beatrice?

Why don't you go over and

introduce yourself to him?

Oh, Mom.

What are you doing?

You're supposed to

lie down and relax.


I was relaxing so much

I saw a white light.

Well, if you see it again,

don't walk into it.

I still have a lot of things to

take out on you for my childhood.

It's beautiful.

I love the color.

Me too.

It's very pretty.

I'll run your bath.

You don't stop looking at him.

You should ask him out.

Go out.

Live your life.

You're alive, after all.



I got your note.




Go out.

Go out on the balcony.


I wasn't sure you got it.

I was wondering if I

put it in the wrong box?


No. It's mine.


The note.

I just thought since we...

I thought it would be

nice to finally meet you.



No, thanks.

You don't talk a lot.

Not much, no.

It's okay.

I talk enough

for both of us.

I talk too much.

Everybody says so.


You speak French?

I'd like to.



Another language?


You're Hungarian?

You don't have an accent.

I worked very hard

to get rid of it.


A job?


Right now I'm

dabbling in real estate.

The people I work for, they buy

buildings in need of renovations.

Fix them up and run them.


YOU? A jab?


I was involved in

a car accident last year.

I was a beautician before.

They rebuilt part of my face.

But it's kind of hard

to give advice on beauty now.


I have to smile

a lot in my job.

Most of the time,

it hurts to smile.

I don't get to smile

so much in my work.



Maybe you and I should switch jobs.


So, what else?

I swear sometimes.

Especially when I drink.

Me too.



Careful. You're smiling.

Tonight it's worth it.

I want to

take you somewhere.

So where are we going?

Are we going to a club?



Very cold.

Very cold.


All right.

Well, then are

we going to a park?



I thought you talk a lot?

I thought you don't.

Must be the company.

Usually, I don't.

You can turn here.

Pull over. Just there.

You're afraid I'll think you came

tonight because you felt sorry for me.

You don't have to

play these games, Victor.

I know why you really came.

You're just being careful.

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