Genre Grandeur January Finale – Dead Man’s Shoes (2004) – EmmaKWall

For this month’s Genre Grandeur Finale, Here’s a review by Emma of of her favorite British Thriller- Dead Man’s Shoes (2004)

Thanks to Emma for this review and also for choosing this month’s Genre – It was a lot of fun.

If you missed any of them, here’s a recap:

This month we had 9 review for GG:

  1. Layer Cake (2004) – Back to the Viewer
  2. The Great Escape (1963) – MovieRob
  3. Trance (2013) – Sidekick Reviews
  4. Pusher (2012) – The Review Club
  5. Dead Again (1991) – MovieRob
  6. The Ghost Writer (2010) – The Girl Who Loved to Review
  7. Lifeboat (1944) – MovieRob
  8. The 39 Steps (1935) – Film Grimoire
  9. Dead Man’s Shoes (2004) –

Thanks to everyone who participated this month!

In addition, I watched and reviewed 8 additional movies from this genre for my Genre Guesstimation series (2 of them are now among my favorites in the genre)

  1. The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
  2. The Imitation Game (2014) ****
  3. Ten Little Indians (1965)
  4. The Ladykillers (1955)
  5. The Boys From Brazil (1978) ****
  6. Sleuth (1972)
  7. A Most Wanted Man (2014)
  8. The Birds (1963)

Next month’s Genre, chosen by Justine of Justine’s movie blog is Coming of Age movies. To participate, send me your review to by 22nd Feb.  Thanks to Justine for a great choice.

Let’s see what Emma thought of this movie…




Genre Grandeur – British Thrillers

Thanks so much Rob, for not only inviting me to join in with Genre Grandeur but also letting me choose the genre – British Thrillers.

It’s a real honour and I hope everyone enjoyed writing their post as much as I have. And of course I hope all you lovely readers out there enjoy reading them. Rob told me to be as creative as I wanted when choosing a genre and as I love films made in my home country (the UK) I thought British thrillers would be rather fitting. It also gives me a chance to talk about one of my favourite ever movies – Dead Man’s Shoes.

Dead Man’s Shoes is a 2004 thriller directed by Shane Meadows, who also co-wrote the movie along with its main star and long-time friend, Paddy Considine. The movie is a revenge story, telling the story of Richard (Considine) a soldier who has returned to his home town having been stationed at war. He has come home with the intention of getting revenge on the gang of men who tortured his handicapped younger brother Anthony (Toby Kebbell) whilst he was away.
Set in a small town in the Midlands, the two creators – Meadows and Considine – initially had the idea for Dead Man’s Shoes whilst discussing revenge movies of a grander scale and the question crept into their minds – what would happen if this was me or you? What if the setting was smaller and the characters more low key? What would happen if there was a semblance of realism basically.

And so became Dead Man’s Shoes. The perfect example of a revenge movie that for once has no bravado, no corny one liners and no Liam Neeson in a leather jacket – thank god!!! It’s still very violent – the movie is rated 18 for good reason. And as we watch Richard pick off the perpetrators one by one, which is actually quite satisfying in a strange way, there is also an undeniable sadness to a story which serves to be both bleak and triumphant at the same time. It’s a very atmospheric movie, as well as the distinctive and moody soundtrack many scenes were shot in black and white and entwined into the movie to demonstrate the flashbacks scenes of Anthony being bullied and tortured by the local bullies.

The group of bullies themselves are Losers (with a capital “L”), small time ‘gangsters’ (pot dealers etc) who drive around in a white and green 2CV thinking they’re something special. Anyone who’s lived in a small town will have known people like this. People who never move on, people who prefer to stay ‘big fish’ in a small pond.
Well, unhappily for our group of losers – Richard is the perfect killing machine, trained by the army and broken hearted for what his little brother went through – this group of losers do not stand A CHANCE.


Dead Man’s Shoes is extremely low budget – around £700,000 in total to make, which as anyone who knows anything about movie budgets will know, is crazy cheap. The low budget just makes me love the movie even more though. It proves (in my opinion, which is usually correct, even if it is just my opinion) that money means nothing when creating a wonderful piece of cinema. What does really matter is the story, writing, direction and of course, acting. All of which are perfect in this movie. Considine and Kebbell play their parts perfectly and beautifully. In fact, everyone does.

This is a must watch for everyone, a thought provoking and clever movie that never gets boring and constantly challenges the viewer. After all, with Richard avenging his brother and leaving a trail of blood behind him – who is to say he is the good guy still? It’s an interesting movie, undeniably moral but with enough blood, violence and tension to keep the most ardent thriller fan very happy. Even though you’ve probably never heard of it, don’t let that put you off. No-one has heard of it, but that doesn’t stop it being one of the best cult thrillers of all time. And I hate to be a tease but…….the twist ending will stay with you forever.

“God will forgive them. He’ll forgive them and allow them into Heaven….I can’t live with that”


Huge thanks to Emma for this review and the genre choice for this month!

32 thoughts on “Genre Grandeur January Finale – Dead Man’s Shoes (2004) – EmmaKWall

  1. Good job, Emma! Haven’t seen Dead Man’s Shoes but it sounds great, and I love Toby Kebbell! Sorry I missed the Genre Grandeur this month, stupid sickness and foggy-brain cold medicine made it hard to watch anything to write about. 😦 Great pick, though 🙂

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    • Sorry Justine I never saw this until now, wasn’t ignoring you – promise!!

      I really like Toby Kebbell as well, it’s nice to hear something said about him as people often talk about Paddy Considine’s performance in this, but not Kebbell’s. And he played someone with quite a severe learning disability, I think he did a great job.

      After I watched this, the next film I saw him in was Rock n Rolla which couldn’t have been a more different role!

      Hope you’re feeling better now and can’t wait for the Coming Of Age Movie posts!!!

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