Stars: Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Sissy Spacek
“It’s all right little sis, it’s a good sign if you feel a little bad.” Nothing good can follow an opening scene like that. And the bad stuff unfolds with lightening speed. Deadfall is a textbook study of crime, punishment and pathology. A brother and sister team (Erica Bana and Olivia Wilde) rob a tribal casino, but in making their getaway, they wreck the car, kill a cop and separate intending to meet later, to cross the Canadian border.
Little sis is picked up by a Good Samaritan, nearly frozen to her eyeteeth. The kind stranger’s family lives very close to guess where? That’s right. Big brother soon shows up to crash the family’s Thanksgiving dinner. Pass the mashed potatoes, ma. Somehow, these two have not an ounce of remorse. But they do have an undercurrent of something untoward in their relationship. –p.d. lee