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:: Dead Man Running

Fast-paced and edgy, Dead Man Running is much more than a gangster film. Character-driven and dangerous, the film is punctuated by off-beat humour. Nick (Tamer Hassan) is given an ultimatum by Mr Thigo (Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson): repay his £100,000 debt in 24 hours, or lose his life and that of his wheelchair bound mother (Brenda Blethyn). Kitchen recently repossessed and girlfriend, Frankie (Money Mazur), returning to ‘work’ with her unique clientele, Nick is already strapped for cash.

Nick seeks help from business partner, Bing (Danny Dyer) to help raise the funds. What follows is a series of money-making schemes and plans, which lead the boys to Manchester, from London – but not without a few inconvenient complications along the way. Meanwhile, Nick’s mother patiently sits out her hostage situation, providing much of the film’s quirky humour.

Tamer Hassan is impressive and holistically believable as the desperate Nick, with Danny Dyer complimenting the performance effectively as Nick’s best mate, Bing. The audience is gunning for them from the start. 50 Cent, while powerful in the evocative opening sequence, lacks a certain sense of formidability in portraying Mr Thigo. But there is great nuance in his performance, all the same.

Alex De Rackoff’s direction is to be commended in shaping this enjoyable, detailed and funny film. The frantic atmosphere and balance of pace makes the film worth watching, if not for the imaginative schemes to make money.

DVD Extras

Featurette
Cast Interviews
B-Roll

The bonus features contain a featurette, which is similar to other run-of-the-mill featurettes, but still fun to watch. There are also cast interviews, which have been annoyingly segmented into 17 second to 2 minute chunks, with a title screen in between each to signify what is being talked about in the sound bite of the interview. This got very frustrating at times, because the interviews themselves were interesting, but the constant breaks made them feel like they went on forever. Lastly, a lengthy B-Roll was included. It was somewhat interesting to look at locations and the like, but a feature on constructing fight scenes would have been more captivating.