Archive for the ‘Revenge’ Category

A young girl needs to go live with her dad while her mother goes away on a longer holiday with her new boyfriend. The dad works at a slaughterhouse and has a tough time making ends meet. He lives in an apartment, where pets are not allowed. So when his daughter moves in with her dog tensions rise. At one point the dog is abandoned and left at its own devices in the Hungarian capital. He soon finds some fellow street dogs to hang with and try to survive. But when he’s taken to an asylum during a dog razzia, things change. Because of all the following misfortune, he turns into an evil dog looking for revenge. And his former loving caretaker cannot save him.

This is one depressing animal misery movie. There’s only some action and horror at the end. Once the dog is out for revenge, he’s a killer machine. It would have been much cooler and interesting if this really was a revenge movie in the likes of Planet Of The Apes. Now it’s more about a girl who feels abandoned by her mother and needs to adapt to a new situation (living with her dad). The fact that the dog gets abandoned and needs to adapt to a new situation (living on the street, in the asylum, with a trainer who preps him for dog fights…) doesn’t make the movie any more interesting.

Yes, it’s good to see a movie like this with real dogs and no computer animation. Yes, it’s pretty amazing to see all these dogs run through the almost empty streets of Budapest. Yes, it’s fascinating to see the dog perform really well (they used two). But in the end, there are only a few scenes where it looks fascinating. For the most part, the story just sucks.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2844798

Hm.

There’s something really disturbing about this movie that is difficult to digest if you have given up on religion as something good. It’s constantly referring to it, in particular the christian faith. The bible and christianity have both been used by slave owners and slave/civil rights resistance leaders as a source for their cause. That’s a known fact. But in this tale,  there’s just too much focus on it.

Sure, it’s the core of the story: a young slave learns to read the bible and then is later used to preach the bible to rebellious slaves so they can obey their masters again. At one point the man is ordered to preach a verse that goes like this: “Slaves, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.” (Peter 2:18-19). That’s in the bible! And however you interpret it or put it in a historical context, it’s VILE.

Then of course things go wrong, at which point a fellow slave asks with reason: “Where is God now?”

Birth Of A Nation is the story of this preaching slave who uses his faith and skills to start a slave rebellion after having seen too much unchristian misery. It’s based on true facts. The man did exist and he did transform from an obedient slave to a wrathful revenge rebel. So no critique there. It’s wel directed and well acted by Nate Parker. (and other members in the cast). Yet somehow it’s not as engaging as it should be. And that’s not because there are hardly any ‘good’ white people on screen. It’s just focusing so damn much on religion that you feel like the director wants people to believe faith is something good and will guide you through vengeance.

Revenge can be cool. Ask Quentin Tarantino. But revenge out of faith is just annoying and disturbing. But that’s probably the whole point of the movie.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4196450

Nocturnal Animals – **

Posted: January 12, 2017 in 2016, Drama, Revenge, Thriller, USA, XX

The trailer promises a total different kind of movie, but Nocturnal Animals is still worth the watch. Just don’t expect a classic thriller. It’s very stylish. After all, it’s Tom Ford who directed it. And it has the ever excellent Amy Adams in the lead role. She’s an art curator who’s not in a very happy place when the movie starts. Her husband is cheating on her and she doesn’t get any satisfaction from her job. Her state of mind doesn’t improve when she receives a novel written by her ex husband…

You don’t need to know more. Watch it and draw your own conclusions.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4550098

Elle – ***

Posted: January 10, 2017 in 2016, France, Revenge, Satire, Thriller, XXX
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Elle is a French comedy thriller directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Isabelle Huppert and it’s exactly what you think it will be. It’s very French, it’s very Verhoeven en it’s very Huppert. It’s La Pianiste meets Basic Instinct set in bourgeois Paris.

It surprisingly won two Golden Globes last night, so why longer postpone watching it? It’s been out on dvd for quite some time now and Moonlight or La La Land are only released end of January over here in Europe.

It’s fun! It’s unique! It’s hilarious at times, absurd at other moments, but most of all very subversive. The story fucks with your mind in the most perverted way.

A woman gets raped repeatedly and doesn’t want to report it to the police. From the very first scenes it’s clear this isn’t going to be anything like other rape victim stories. On the contrary. It’s very clear that this woman seems to get a kick out of being raped. And she has her own way of taking revenge.

It’s a really cool movie. Isabelle Huppert is amazing and her character is fascinating. Verhoeven is taking the ‘crazy protagonist’ to a totally different level, which hasn’t been explored that much or not at all. The humor is pitch black and works perfectly. The thrills are a bit of a disappointment and stop being relevant to the story after a while. However, the way Verhoeven introduces the possible attackers is clever: it can be almost anyone from the most obvious colleague who hates her guts to the least likely sweet ex husband… Hey the movie gets that perverted that you start thinking she got raped by her son! Yeah. That’s how fucked up your brain starts to work.

But in the end. It’s entertainment. It’s how Tarantino would make movies if he had grown up in Europe.

Does it deserve the two Golden Globes? Well… it deserves the extra attention it can get.

ps: the trailer gives a wrong impression about the movie’s colour

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3716530

John Wick – **

Posted: December 12, 2014 in 2014, Action, Revenge, USA, XX

Keanu Reeves is excellent as an expressionless action hero out for revenge once his dog gets killed by the son of a gangster, whom he used to work for as a hitman.

It’s a senseless revenge movie with great ‘one man vs a dozen aggressors’ fight scenes, originally choreographed and not all too graphical. Compared to The Equalizer with its explicit gore and lack of humor, this one is filled with suggestive moves and a lot of irony. It also doesn’t take itself serious at all, but looks very professional nonetheless.

Sure, the story is silly, but the entertainment is great. A sequel please!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2911666

Gone Girl – ***

Posted: November 1, 2014 in 2014, Crime/Detective, Drama, Dramedy, Revenge, USA, XXX

What an entertaining whodunnit dramedy! A great joy to watch!

Sure there are plotholes and Ben Affleck is not really acting but saying lines and looking Ben Afflecky, but who cares. There’s the mesmerizing Rosamund Pike and there’s an roller coaster story that keeps you hooked for more than two hours.

Don’t read any of the reviews or long synopsis, just go see it and be surprised. It’s worth the risk of being disappointed.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2267998

Sometimes you just have to enter a theatre room without knowing anything about the movie you’re going to see to have a great experience.

Blue Ruin is that kind of movie. No buzz, no stars, no particular intriguing synopsis. But it’s playing as an alternative to Transformers and sequels of animations movies for kids and it will thrill you in a fascinating way.

A strange man looking like a bum awaits the release of a prisoner and follows the family car to a place where they celebrate his homecoming. The atmosphere is tense and grim and you can expect what’s going to happen next: he’s out for a vengeance and about to kill the released criminal. There you go. You need know nothing more.

It’s an indie revenge thriller set in a foresty area with unknown actors who perform well. The soundtrack is efficient and the directing is subtle and superb. Don’t expect a Tarantino – there is no humour and any coolness is absent -, but prepare for some very explicit and often absurd scenes.

Nice Surprise

www.imdb.com/title/tt2359024