May 18, 2009
Cannes 2009: The Tomato Report ? Johnnie To Takes Vengeance in Cannes
Cannes is not usually known as a grand supporter of genre cinema, which is why you can count those sorts of movies in this year's selection on one hand. So it's an odd setting to premiere Johnnie To's Vengeance, a film so relentlessly planted in genre that the tough-to-please audience of cineaste critics at yesterday's press screening seemed to balk at its ropey dialogue, unlikely plotting and increasingly silly tone. The tale of a man (Johnny Hallyday) whose daughter and young family are massacred by a trio of triads, he hires another three of the organized criminals to take them out.