‘Dead Man Down’ — Trailer (J.H. Wyman)


Dead Man Down is the upcoming Film District movie written by Fringe showrunner J.H. Wyman, starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace. Check out the trailer and details below.

Niels Arden Oplev, the acclaimed director of the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, makes his American theatrical debut with the new action thriller, DEAD MAN DOWN. Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace star as two strangers who are irresistibly drawn to one another by their mutual desire for revenge. The film co-stars Academy Award® nominee Terrence Howard and Dominic Cooper, from a screenplay by J.H.Wyman (Fringe).

Dead Man Down hits theaters March 8, 2013.

For more information, check out the official Dead Man Down website | Twitter.

Dead Man Down Poster


  1. MrBreezy4Sheezy says

    Looks pretty good actually. I’m digging the music, and I think Terrence Howard’s a great actor. I think it’s definitely gonna be worth a watch.

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  2. João says

    He wrote Midnight, one of the worst episodes of the first season, A Short Story About Love, one of the most cheesy episode of the show and he is responsible by fifth season, the worst season of the show

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    • Omniscient_Jay says

      He also helped pen Night of Desirable Objects, Earthling, Stowaway, and the S4 finale, which also weren’t highlights.

      On the other hand, he penned White Tulip, considered to be one of the best episodes of the series by many, along with Peter, August, Brown Betty, the S3 finale, Olivia, Entrada, The Firefly, Subject 13, LSD, and The Day We Died.

      And while S4 and S5 weren’t received as well as the first three, I found Subject 9, Making Angels, Letters of Transit, and An Origin Story to have been solid Wyman offerings.

      All of this to say that Wyman has had many hits or misses over the course of Fringe. With Dead Man Down being a new project, it’s hard to say whether it would be a hit or a miss, as we are talking about the man who has written anything from White Tulip to A Short Story About Love.

      As it stands, the film seems interesting, and has some reputable actors in the cast. Perhaps more interesting, however, is how the film will end up being received. It may give an indication of what Wyman can do outside of Fringe, which in turn might let us know what we might expect of the quality of his upcoming FOX television series “Inhuman” (the human-android buddy cop show).

      In short, I don’t think anyone would defend Wyman’s past mistakes, but at the same time, it doesn’t make much sense to dismiss what he has done right. This movie, as well as Inhuman, are wild cards, and will likely prove strong indicators of whether Wyman will be a writer/showrunner/producer/etc. worth following now that Fringe has concluded.

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      • Starman says

        Excellent comment. The truth is all of the writers on Fringe had their share of both hits and misses. Wyman was writer or co-writer on a lot of the episodes that are considered classics, as well as some weak episodes. But some commenters seem to forget about all of the hits that Wyman was at least partially responsible for. I don’t know if this movie will be good or bad, but it’s ridiculous for some to assume that it will be bad because of Wyman’s involvement.

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  3. kate says

    I read some reviews of this movie And the reviewers were unanimous in saying that the worst of the movie was the script melodramatic and confusing of Mr. Wyman

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    • Omniscient_Jay says

      It seems the movie is coming out earlier today (as it is early in the morning on March 8th on my end). Your comment intrigued me, so I went to go scout for some reviews.

      So far, I’m getting the sense that there are 2-3 negative reviews (“meh” to “not worth watching”) for every 1 positive review (“decent” to “pretty good”).

      Things shared across the positive reviews include the following:
      -Strong performances by the leads (Farrell and Rapace)
      -Engaging plot and action
      -Strong directing and mood/atmosphere/etc.
      -Layered symbolism

      Things shared across the negative reviews:
      -Labyrinthine plot riddled with contrivances, genre cliches, and elements that have no discernible place or purpose in the story
      -Dialogue is melodramatic, poor, and/or anvilicious
      -Bogged down by needless brooding and melancholy
      -Baffling casting choices for secondary characters
      -A climax filled with over-the-top, senseless explosions/firefights/action/what-have-yous

      And of course, some reviews were mixed, underscoring both positive and negative aspects of the film.

      This is what I have seen after sampling a dozen or so reviews. Given that the negative reviews and elements outweigh the positive, it doesn’t seem to bode too well.

      For anyone reading, take all of this as you will. As for myself, I think I will still watch the movie just to make up my own mind. In fact, perhaps I will post a review on this page, one with the Fringe fan in mind; I could juxtapose the movie’s quality with Wyman’s work on Fringe, and see what this all might mean for the potential of Wyman’s upcoming buddy-cop android FOX project.

      It’s decided, then. For those who might care, I’ll seek to draft an unbiased analysis*** within the next few days, with the intent of letting people know whether this is something worthwhile or not.

      ***Or with the least bias I can possibly muster.

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  4. kate says

    I read this: “It’s an unsuccessfully gritty revenge-drama-cum-love-story that’s nonetheless enough offbeat That You keep watching it in the hopes That it’ll get better. It never really does, but it’s always watchable”…. it looked like he was talking about Fringe.

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