Friday, June 12, 2020

Revenge (2017)

Streaming Service: Shudder
Movie Name/Year: Revenge (2017)
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Length: 108 minutes
Rating: R
Production/Distribution: M.E.S. Productions, Monkey Pack Films, Charades, Logical Pictures, Nexus Factory, Umedia, uFund, Canal+, Ciné+, Cinémage 12, Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique, Investisseurs Tax Shelter, A Contracorriente Films, Albatros Film, Another World Entertainment, Cinemundo, Cinéart, Future Film, Fênix Distribuidora de Filmes, Neon, Odeon, Rézo Films, Sony Pictures Releasing, Vertigo Releasing, A Contracorriente Films, Film1, Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment, Koch Media, Netflix, Shudder, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE)
Director: Coralie Fargeat
Writer: Coralie Fargeat
Actors: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe, Guillaume Bouchède, Jean-Louis Tribes, Barbara Gateau

Blurb from IMDb: Never take your mistress on an annual guys' getaway, especially one devoted to hunting - a violent lesson for three wealthy married men.

Selina’s Point of View:
I find revenge-plot films to be highly cathartic. Sure, they’re usually extremely bloody, and they’re often low-budget with poor acting, but I still come away from them feeling satisfied. They always feature people doing disgustingly awful stuff, but those people then receive the punishment they deserve. You don’t always see people getting what they deserve in real life.

I was pleasantly surprised when this film came out swinging with decent acting and quality shots. Already it felt elevated.

Of course, there are scenes that are difficult to watch. They’re supposed to be difficult. When you see what happens to the main character, you’re supposed to be sickened and angry. Otherwise the revenge aspect wouldn’t work.

They don’t get overly graphic with what happens to the main character, but I would still issue a trigger warning. Either way, it doesn’t feel gratuitous. It shows only enough for the audience to be able to empathize with the main character and root for the antagonists to die.

After that, the movie has no problem being gratuitous as fuck with the violence against. There were so many times where something happened on screen and my entire body would tense up and I’d make those sounds some people make when they’re seeing something super painful – like they can feel it. By the end of the film, my muscles were screaming at me because they’d been tense for so long.

It is bloody and unapologetic in how it handles the revenge aspects… which I liked. What the hell is the point of revenge porn if punches are pulled.

Revenge is just a good, old-fashioned, fuck-‘em-up story. You want to see the antagonists suffer, and you do. You want to see the main character rain down vengeance, and she does. It’s not perfect. I couldn’t stand the soundtrack, and there were some errors where physics was concerned, but it was solid.

Honestly? I’d probably watch it again.

Cat’s Point of View:
Revenge has been on my ‘to-watch’ list, and I was rather giddy when I saw that this movie had come up for review.

Before I get into my opinions on the film, I need to caution viewers that if you want to be completely surprised about the core elements of this tale, don’t watch the trailer. It gives away some key moments of the movie that may just lessen the impact of the scenes. If you don’t mind spoilers, then by all means proceed – just don’t be surprised when the film doesn’t offer you much more than an expansion on the teaser.

Revenge released in a month where there were several female badass characters to choose from on the big screen and I remember being excited about that. I was also curious as to what in the world they’d included in this film for the production team to entirely run out of fake blood during production.

There are a good number of disturbing scenes in this film. It is definitely not for the queasy or faint of heart. Revenge is, for that matter, quite aptly rated. It’s a hard R rating, so keep that in mind if watching where youngsters might be roaming around. It’s not just based on gore – there are some disturbing sexual situations as well.

The story highlight’s the main character’s sheer will to live, in spite of the odds stacked against her. I enjoyed some of the subtle imagery laced in to underscore the characters’ ordeal and the revenge theme.

It was a fairly solid film in general, I was just disappointed that there wasn’t a lot more to it than I’d already seen in the trailer. I wouldn’t steer someone to a Shudder subscription for this movie alone, but if you’ve already signed up for the horror streaming network and you get stuck on what to watch, Revenge isn’t a bad choice.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 92%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 56%
Metascore – 81/100
Metacritic User Score – 6.4/10
IMDB Score – 6.3/10
CinemaScore – None

Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating4/5
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating3.5/5

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