Dead Man Down

Seeking revenge for the gangland killing that claimed his family, a brooding lug (Colin Farrell) lures the underworld kingpin responsible (Terrence Howard) into a trap by serving him as a loyal assassin, thereby gaining the gangster's confidence. Along the way, the victim-turned-hired-gun falls for his neighbor (Noomi Rapace) who's out for payback of her own via blackmail. The labyrinthine - and bloodthirsty - game of cat and mouse that ensues, under Niels Arden Oplev's direction, is further warped by skewed moral values.

Watch out for: A benign view of revenge, pervasive gory violence, including gunplay and torture, a nongraphic bedroom scene with brief rear nudity, relentless profane and rough language.

Rated: The Catholic News Service classification is O - morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R - restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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