Addison (Eric Bana) and Liza (Olivia Wilde) are siblings who have just successfully robbed a casino. But on their way to Canada, their car crashes, they kill a cop and so they suddenly find themselves in the middle of nowhere without a ride. Despite the snow and the low temperature, Addison decides to go on on foot, while Liza hitches a ride with recently released from jail Jay (Charlie Hunnam), planning to catch up with Addison later. But in the meantime, the local police are in full manhunt mode and things are not about to get any easier.
Deadfall has a good atmosphere and a mostly excellent cast, but unfortunately the script is right out of Coincidenceville which was pretty irritating. But at least it was never boring.
I didn’t really watch the trailer before seeing the film. So I didn’t know that Eric Bana actually played the bad guy in this movie which, admittedly, irritated me a bit at first – he just doesn’t usually play those roles. But he did do a really good job and once I got used to the idea, I really enjoyed his performance.
Olivia Wilde, on the other hand, could not sell me her Liza. That is not all her fault, the character herself was pretty flimsy. But in any case as I didn’t believe Liza, I couldn’t believe her relationship with Jay, either and that is a pretty big chunk of the film.*
What worked best for me in the movie, apart from Kris Kristofferson and Sissy Spacek, was the story ark about police officer Hanna (Kate Mara) and her father Becker (Treat Williams), the police chief and super-misogynist. [So many daddy-issues in one film! It was almost Nolanesque.] Though their ending left me unimpressed, up till then it was an infuriating story very well told.
But most of the plot just hinged too much on coincidences and people doing illogical things just at the right time that it lost my suspension of disbelief a couple of times. And in the end that’s what hurt the movie most.
Summarising: Mixed bag of beans.
I also couldn’t believe that Jay would just, you know, stay with Liza after it turns out that she pretended that he was her brother while they had sex. I mean, maybe that’s just my hang-up but I do find that very, very icky and I probably wouldn’t want to be with a guy who wants to date his sister.