Film review: Deadfall (15)


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Hard to know why the Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky, who made the haunting Holocaust drama The Counterfeiters, came to helm this mediocre thriller about troubled patrimony.

It has a prestige cast, too, led by Eric Bana as a psychopathic robber heading for the border with his sister (Olivia Wilde) following a bungled heist. Kris Kristofferson and Sissy Spacek play the couple whose house they descend on.

The silly contrivances of its plot ensure that any prospect of tension withers to nothing. The snowbound setting might be the chilliest since Fargo, but the resemblance ends there.