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Dead Man's Shoes


Paddy Considine, Gary Stretch, Toby Kebbell, Jo Hartley View All


Shane Meadows (Director), Paddy Considine (Writer), Shane Meadows (Writer) View All

Released: Oct. 1st, 2004
Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes
A soldier returns home to his small town and exacts a deadly revenge on the thugs who tormented his dimwitted brother while he was away.
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mark f
The films I've seen use different lighting, color (well, 24 7 was in B&W), film stock, added-in F/X (for example, why did all the flashbacks to what happened to Anthony have to be shot in black and white, have artificially-created "old-age" lines added in and be in a lower volume?) Actually, after the reveal is made, I can probably understand why those "flashbacks" are filmed in a similar style to the home movies shown at the beginning of the film since that's the way that older brother Richard (co-scripter Paddy Considine) remembers and relates to his kid brother (Toby Kebbell).
As a director, Meadows isn't shy about referencing the films that influenced Dead Man's Shoes' style - there are echoes of Straw Dogs, Get Carter and even First Blood in the tone but nothing is heavy-handed or blatent.