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Critic Reviews for Deadfall
Most of the screentime goes to Michael Biehn, who brings all the gravitas of Mr. Bean to his hardboiled con man role. As far as Cage goes over the top, Biehn goes just as far under the bottom.
Audience Reviews for Deadfall
This film is awful. I mean Wicker Man awful. This dreadful piece of incompetent "filmmaking" earns its place right beside Battlefield Earth and Gigli. Populated with stars like Michael Biehn, Charlie Sheen, James Coburn, Nicolas Cage, Peter Fonda, and directed by Francis Ford Coppola's nephew, Christopher Coppola, Deadfall is a film noir with a plot that you can't possibly care about, scenes that add nothing to the story, and dialogue that tries really hard to mimic dialogue of films from the 1940s but ultimately is delivered by actors who look like they're reading from cue cards hidden behind the camera. There are two rewarding scenes, both of them involving Nicolas Cage overacting to the extreme. Cage plays a hustler named Eddie. Eddie is a ruthless criminal who has it out for anyone trying to double cross him. He isn't very smart though and is killed halfway through the film. *I include this spoiler as if you're watching this movie for Nicolas Cage's ridiculously awful performance, this is where you stop the film* Cage screams his way through the entire film and much of what he says is incoherent anyway. But his overacting is the only thing that makes this film worth watching. The plot is mainly about a con game, but it's one of those plots that move forward with too many scenes of people sitting down talking, and talking, and talking, and talking. However, nobody has anything interesting to say, and the dialogue is a really brutal attempt at wit, but it doesn't just fall flat, it's completely DOA. Deadfall is so boring you really want to turn it off and do something more productive like make a Starbucks run. Do yourself a favour. Cage's best scenes from this movie are on You Tube, and they're all actually from the same scene in the movie. Watch those off of your computer, have a few laughs, and don't even think about this amateurish, snooze-inducing excuse for a crime drama again.
|Eddie:||Someone's gonna kill me man!|
|Eddie:||You filthy, double crossing, little fucking filthy, double crossing, filthy, fucking goddamn fucking filthy little RAT!|
|Eddie:||What am I, a fucking retard, man? Am I A FUCKING RETARD, HUH? I know what this is! Lou's trying to snuff me out because of his GREASY LITTLE NEPHEW being around! WELL, VIVE LA FUCKING FRANCE, MAN!|