I Spit On Your Grave Reviews
Starring:Sarah Butler,Daniel Franzese, Chad Lindberg,Jeff Branson,Rodney Eastman,Andrew Howard, Tracey Walter,Mollie Milligan,and Saxon Sharbino
Directed by Steven R. Monroe
ITS DATE NIGHT
This of course is the remake of the 1970's exploitation film that for reasons I don't know has a cult following.
The Film is about a young female writer who is raped in the woods by a couple of hillbillies and is left for dead. However she survives and exacts her revenge by finding sick,twisted and prevented ways in killing them. And I got to say I hated every second of this film.
In this remake less time is devoted to her revenge then it is too,verbal,psychological and physical abuse.People give this film credit for having great female empowerment. News flash dummies these films are pure exploitation,why do you encourage female empowerment cause she kills them all in the end,bull.They constantly show this poor woman being raped by hillbillies. it's as stupid as it is sickening. The fact that she gets revenge later in the film does not encourage female empowerment,it just shows us that in order for this film to have a plot in motion it had to constantly show a woman being brutally raped and beaten so she could get to them in a way that's just as sick. He is just afraid of them when she kill as she was when they raped her,she kills them out of fear in what sick twisted world could you call that female empowerment. The tagline for the film is just as tasteless,the tagline is ITS DATE NIGHT,its date night,yeah guys I may have never had one but if you take your girlfriend to see this they will break up with you the before it's over. I think a better tagline would have been you will never be more ashamed to have a dick. The shots are lazy and hack,the actors are not only bad but should all be ashamed of themselves as well. Every second,every inch,every frame of this GODAWFUL movie was assening and made me want to shower ten times. All the brutal and rape in the film is completely unnecessary. Why was this movie made? WHEN YOU HAVE TO SHOW A WOMAN BEING RAPED JUST TO MAKE A POINT GO SCREW YOURSELVES AND THIS MOVIE! I give this piece of ass a half out of five.
The performances are strong and the film is well-shot and avoids feeling overly-stiff or unconvincing. The latter half is really just an ultra-violent action film based around a revenge plot- some would call this 'torture porn' I guess, but given how ridiculous the deaths are, it's hard to feel particularly offended by that. Plus there's a theatricality to it all, as the protagonist sets up specific violent scenarios for each villain that relate to how they treated her. None of this makes for a particularly good film but it would at least be passable in my eyes.
However, in order to get to the revenge, the act that leads to it has to come up. This is where I think there has to be a line, otherwise, the film risks completely losing the audiences' confidence and trust. This film completely crosses that line.
The first quarter of this film does nothing but tell you "this character that you're watching is going to be raped". This is a terrible way to create tension in your film and I think it's really cheap and ugly to use something as traumatic as that in order to make your film interesting. Why is there a build-up to a rape scene? This is the first warning sign that something is seriously awry with this film.
Then there's the act itself- I can't remember how long it went on for but it felt like a good 20 minutes, maybe as much as half an hour, of someone being repeatedly raped and, it's bad enough having to describe it really, never mind trying to sit through it. Again, this is completely unnecessary and leaves the audience asking what the point is? The film relishes in the violence and brutality that the protagonist goes through just as much as it does the violence and brutality that the antagonists go through later. I get that we're supposed to take some kind of dark pleasure from the bad guys going through all of this because they're the bad guys but why then does the film put just as much attention on the bad guys being bad? It's completely unnecessary- if you tell me they are rapists, that will do. If you spend 20 minutes showing me someone being raped then all I'm left thinking is that the film is the bad guy and by watching this, I'm the bad guy too- I guess everyone has their own line as to when this becomes a problem, but this one surely crosses just about everyone's line.
I recall Kill Bill having a similar rape-revenge element- the difference? It's a few minutes long, everything is outlined through dialogue as opposed to being shown, and there's no build -up around the act itself- only the revenge. She wakes up, bashes peoples heads in and you feel like they deserved it and, yay, that's it. Even then, many people probably think that that crosses their line and I respect that position.
Anyway, this film could easily have done the same as Kill Bill- say, by starting after the rape and then just being a full-on action revenge flick. It didn't though and you've got to ask why and the answer is almost certainly unpleasant. Speaking of which- I'm feeling very unpleasant just writing about this.
Stay away from this one (and its sequel too).