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Here’s a nice collection of recent interviews that Noomi did with various magazines and online sources. They’re all very in-depth and feature an insightful look on “Dead Man Down”, her career so far and her films ahead (inlcuding “Passion”, “Animal Rescue” and “Child 44”) The complete collection of recently added interviews can be found below.

03.2013 The Los Angeles Times Noomi Rapace, director team for more darkness
03.2013 Esquire Q&A: Noomi Rapace
03.2013 NBC Bay Area Noomi Rapace muses on “Dead Man Down”
03.2013 Indie Wire How Noomi Rapace became a global movie star
03.2013 Indie Wire Noomi Rapace talks Dead Man Down
03.2013 Collider Noomi Rapace talks Dead Man Down
03.2013 Moviefone Noomi Rapace on Re-Teaming With Dragon Tattoo…
03.2013 The Wall Street Journal The Original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Strikes Again

Although there have been quite some interviews – in print and on video – to promote this Friday’s release of “Dead Man Down”, reviews have been surprisingly rare. You would think that a mainstream-looking thriller (judging from the trailer) with Colin Farrell would create a buzz beforehand, but only a few reviews have been published yesterday and today about the film. So far, they come off rather mixed, as you can see from below’s excerpts.

USA Today, Claudia Puig
As a gritty thriller, Dead Man Down doesn’t stand out among its bullet-riddled brethren. It’s more notable for its weird moments and strange obsessions. Two that jump out are a repeated discussion of Tupperware and packs of exceptionally nasty children who attack a mildly scarred woman and tauntingly call her “Monster.” Dead Man Down seeks to come to a final resting place of redemption. But an attempt at an uplifting ending rings hollow after the antics of voracious rats and scores of ammo sent whizzing. Despite a talented international cast, Dead Man Down falls flat.

CBS, Bill Wine
As a dish best served cold, revenge can be a meal in itself. It’s certainly the entrée in the just-deserts drama Dead Man Down, which offers a shaky beginning and ending but a terrific middle. We already know that Rapace is an astonishingly skilled actress and she doesn’t disappoint here, combining moving vulnerability and red-hot anger, while Farrell is impressively expressive with his less-is-more approach to his taciturn character.

The Washington Post, Michael O’Suvillan
In many ways, “Dead Man Down” is a boilerplate revenge thriller. The story of two haunted and damaged loners drawn together by their mutual desire for vengeance (albeit against two different villains) features several of the signature moves of the genre. As she did with “Dragon Tattoo’s” Lisbeth Salander, Rapace brings a convincing intensity to a part that requires her to be, essentially, a kind of gleeful psychopath. Rather than going to therapy, she blackmails Victor into becoming her personal hit man after she spies him killing a stranger on his balcony.

The Huffington Post, Scott Mendelson
Up until the very end of the picture, Dead Man Down is a mostly serviceable crime drama. It has fine work from Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace along with worthwhile supporting turns by Terrance Howard and the always appreciated Domonic Cooper. It doesn’t set out to turn heads or reinvent the wheel, but it tells its grim story of revenge and tortured romance with just enough aplomb to merit a casual viewing.

Just as I was wondering why there is rather little to no promotion on “Dead Man Down”s theatrical release in the USA, regarding reviews and big interviews, I came across Ryan Adams’ article on Awards Daily on how “Dead Man Down” has managed to build buzz without being prominently featured by media outlets before its release. “[…] the buzz is interesting. A controversial youtube video called “Elevator Murder Experiment” has gone viral with over 2.6 million views, and even though 93% of readers responding on Rotten Tomatoes say want to see it there are no legitimate mainstream reviews at all yet on RT or metacritic. Dead Man Down is directed by Niels Arden Oplev, making his American film debut alongside former collaborators Noomi Rapace and composer Jacob Groth who wrote the score for Oplev’s first adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard, Dominic Cooper and Isabelle Huppert lead a top-notch cast. So why the lockdown on reviews? […] part of the answer may be that anticipation for Dead Man Down is building just fine without reviews. The complete article can be read here.

Exciting news. During the recent promotion for “Dead Man Down”, Noomi has confirmed both “Animal Rescue” – which is already shooting – as well as “Child 44” as her upcoming projects. In an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Rapace has reviewed her five favorite films of all times, including director Michaël R. Roskam’s thriller “Bullhead”, the Belgian thriller starring Matthias Schoenaerts, that was nominated as Best Foreign Language film at the Academy Awards last year.

I love the movie Bullhead. I’m working with the director now. He’s kind of putting the light into a business, a very dirty business – it’s not the cool gangsters, it’s not the kind of sexy gangster world; it’s the gritty, very uncharming world of criminals working in the meat industry in Belgium. And the whole backstory to this lead guy is so incredible. I was in tears a couple of times when I saw it. And now I’m gonna work with Matthias [Schoenaerts] and with Michaël R. Roskam, who directed it.

In an interview with Esquire, she has mentioned “Animal Rescue” as well, alongside the next project, “Child 44”:

Q: You’re in New York shooting Animal Rescue, which is your second movie with Tom Hardy? A: No, actually this is the first, and then we do Child 44 after that. Q: Did you know him before you signed on to two movies with him? A: Yeah, I knew him, he’s a friend of mine. We’ve been trying to find something to do because I think he’s such an amazing actor and I adore him as a person. Then we both read the script, and it’s amazing. I love it. It’s based on a short novel by Dennis Lehane, who wrote Mystic River. It’s a light comedy and my character is a very cute girl-next-door. No, actually it’s a drama, but I was kind of laughing out loud when I was reading the script a couple of times, because I found it funny. It’s dark, of course.

Both projects sound very interesting with talented people behind, so there’s two more films to look forward to.

New pictures have been added to the gallery. The first set comes from the “Apple Soho Store Presents Meet the Actor: Noomi Rapace” which took place on March 05. The second beautiful set of pictures comes from the Los Angeles press junket for “Dead Man Down” and features Noomi Rapace and Niels Arden Oplev. Many thanks to Daphne for the heads-up. Edit: Additional pictures from the Apple SoHo Store panel have been added, with many thanks to Marina.

Lots of new video clips for “Dead Man Down”, which releases US theaters this Friday, have been added to the video archive. The new additions include compilations of promotional interviews, the Los Angeles premiere, two clips as well as a new Red Band trailer. To watch the new clips, simply click one of the previews below.

Yesterday, Noomi and the cast and crew of “Dead Man Down” have attended the film’s premiere in Beverly Hills. There has been a lot of coverage and talk about the “Prometheus” sequel (check back for an in-depth update this weekend) and lots of fantastic new images. Over 300 pictures from the premiere have been added to the gallery.

The media promotion for “Dead Man Down”s early March release continues with a new still, a clip featuring Noomi Rapace and Colin Farrell and a new featurette, focusing on Noomi and her character. A new still of “Passion” has been added as well. Many thanks to Marina for the heads-up.

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