Dead Man’s Shoes
- 90 min
- English spoken
Sam Peckinpah meets Ken Loach in this fantastic tragicomic sketch of a town in the Midlands, in which an ex-marine (great role for Paddy Considine) takes revenge by spreading death and misery in a shabby drug gang. Two brothers return to the place of their birth which they left eight years ago.
They are quite attached to each other but very different: Ex-marine Richard (Paddy Considine) is strong and focused and Anthony (Toby Kebbell) is younger, doubtful and a bit slow. Anthony admires his brother a great deal, and Richard takes care of Anthony. They setup camp in the hills surrounding the city, and bring up shared memories. But they are not here for the nostalgia: Richard is after revenge. He knows who he should get, and he knows where they live.
The town he left years ago is still in the clutches of the same group dealers and bad guys.
Richards’ presence is enough to spread suspicion and paranoia. As the drug gang is getting smaller, we learn more about a terrible incident from past.
Dead Man’s Shoes is considered to be Meadows’ best film so far by many critics. It is a film according to the classical Peckinpah/Eastwood tradition in which Paddy Considine (also co-scenarist) stars in the role of his life as an angel of revenge, which for this viewer brought about an ever so natural sense of identification with the character. In an unrivalled way, Meadows shows us the environment of rough and sometimes mean losers that tend to ramble on. The dialogue is superior, the characters convincing, the atmosphere threatening, the music hip and the violence not for the little ones.