I’ve been reading about “Deaden” since John Fallon (aka The Arrow) first reported it (under it’s better title “Pain Killer” but the change of title isn’t Arrow’s fault). I’m a big fan of revenge movies; I’m one of the few people who loves The Punisher 2004. I was looking forward to “Deaden” so when the screener popped up in my mailbox I was a happy camper. I sat down with my friend Pat and put “Deaden” into my DVD player but was “Deaden” worth a viewing? You bet your sweet ass it was!
“Deaden” is a coked filled, gun happy and intense fun time. This is a fairly quick 78 minutes that doesn’t bullshit around. It gets to the point and that’s what I like. From its intense and somewhat hard to watch opening (I felt for Rane) it’s no bullshit revenge scenes and it’s rapid gun play, I was hooked. This is what I want in a revenge film. It executes the revenge scenes good enough without feeling half assed or weak (like Tamara). John Fallon clearly loves 80’s action/revenge films.
The acting from everyone is pretty good and serves the movie in the end. John Fallon does a damn good job as Rane, our anti-hero of the film. He’s intense and believable and that’s exactly what’s needed for the role. I love how he was non-stop taking pain killers, my friend especially liked this. His coke loving buddy Kersey (played by Deke Richards) is hilarious and had me in stitches throughout. The villains of the film, Hot Tina, Remy, Samuel and Big Ballsy (played by Carmen Echeverria, Kevin Kelsall, Neil Napier and Marcello Bezina) are especially good in their roles; I wanted them all to die at the end for what they did. Trust me; Rane gets the job done in harsh ways.
Speaking of harsh ways, the FX was solid. If you’re expecting Oscar worthy special FX, then this film is not for you. This film is low budget but its FX is pretty damn impressive. The violence is brutal and harsh and I loved every second of it. Heads are blown off; pool sticks are jammed into asses, multiple bullet hits and more. Action fans will be pleased. Throw in a slick looking car explosion and solid looking fist fights and we have a good deal.
The directing by Christian Viel is very slick. The angles, filters and camera movements are extremely fluid and solid. Far better then most directing in low budget films.
The music score itself isn’t overly memorable but it’s not forgettable either. It works. The songs featured through are great though, when’s a soundtrack going to be released? I’ll pick up a copy!
Any negatives? Some editing issues (which will be fixed in the final edit according to The Arrow) and I wished the finale could have been a tad bigger (which according to the IMDB had to be scaled down due to loss of time so it’s forgiven)
I did like what happened in the ending, it’s basically the opposite of the ending The Punisher and It’s not the typical way most movies like this end. I mucho dug it.
If you love rapid gun play, harsh violence, lots of coke sniffing, a quick pace and especially low budget films, you’ll love “Deaden” John Fallon has made an homage to the great action films of the 80’s. Highly recommended.