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With Grand Guignol relish, Ferrara depicts a city in the throes of a Wild West lawlessness that invites vigilante action.
Had Herzog seen it, he might have recognized Ferrara as a fellow genius, and one as weird as himself.
[Ferrera] is clearly a talented fellow. One can only hope he finds something else to make movies about very soon.
The sexual politics of Ms. 45 are blunt and easy to read, and the picture is riotously cathartic.
By keeping the picture short and busy, Ferrara makes its far-fetched elements play.
It's a provocative, disreputable movie, well worth seeing.
Honestly, this is brilliant, one hour and twenty minutes of the ecstatic rage and vindication of a Kathleen Hanna howl.
This is not a simple tale of empowerment.
Ferrara's movies have a way of being morally serious despite their sometimes silly genre trappings, and Ms. 45 provides a feast for feminist studies.
Ms. 45 is not a feminist revenge film. It is, however, an intelligent and confident piece of exploitation filmmaking marinated in helplessness and anger ...
The film's not-so-secret weapon is its lead actress, the late Zoe Tamerlis Lund.
The Halloween finale is one of the indelible set pieces of the decade, offering the astonishing image of a beautiful gunwielding nun indiscriminately shooting men while moving in slow-motion against a wall decorated with stylized bats and spider webs.
Abel Ferrara's Ms. 45 is a dark, intense revenge movie that doesn't reinvent anything in the genre, but is nonetheless a worthwhile addition to the genre, and for the most part is a truly engaging picture. The cast are good in their parts, and the film is dark, atmospheric and engaging due to Ferara's tense direction, which adds to so much to the film. For a revenge picture, Ms. 45 is a well crafted affair, and even if it doesn't reinvent the wheel, it should definitely appeal to fans of action pictures that enjoy a revenge film. The genre is truly awesome, and it has more than its fair share of memorable films, Death Wish being the most prominent one. However, Ms. 45 is a worthy film, and highly engaging despite its flaws, and Ferara crafts a film that is dark, always tense, even if you know how things will play out. That's one thing about Abel Ferara's films that stand out; he always manages to make an impact due to his visual style that is right out of a nightmare. This may not be a masterpiece, but it nonetheless belongs among the best revenge pictures that have been made. This is an entertaining picture with some good performances and a good plot. If you enjoy these films, then you're sure to find Ms. 45 a truly entertaining ride from start to finish. The film at times is pure sleaze, but again, it's what gives it, its identity. In terms of revenge films, Ms. 45 is a fine picture that showcases the talents of director Abel Ferara. Ferara is a good director, and he has made some good films, and after the decent Driller Killer, he would tackle different subjects, and here he delivers a well thought out revenge film that is worth seeing due to a good plot, and its dark, intense atmosphere.
i wanted to like it more than i did. it goes beyond revenge tho. girl is a serial killer
My favourite female revenge film, it's very atmospheric, spooky, and hypnotizing, and I loved it.
If it's gritty, authentic 80s exploitation you're after, then look no further than Abel Ferrara's excellent rape/revenge thriller, Ms.45, which stars the stunning Zoe Tamerlis as Thana, a mute seamstress who goes on a killing spree after being sexually assaulted twice in one day. This feminist version of Death Wish is an ultra-stylish, mega-violent, and super-cool classic of the genre that never pulls its punches, and is highly recommended to fans of similarly themed cult movies such as The Exterminator, Thriller: A Cruel Picture, and I Spit On Your Grave.
Whilst Ferrara's tale is admittedly the stuff of pure B-movie trash, with Thana ultimately becoming an insane, man-hating, killing-machine spewing bullets indiscriminately at any male who crosses her path, the film manages to transcend its low budget roots to become a genuine work of art thanks to its superb visuals, an unforgettable performance from the beguiling lead actress, and brilliant use of a jazzy soundtrack.
Like many great exploitation pics of the era, the film makes excellent use of a very seedy looking New York, with worthless punks, violent pimps, and sexist scumbags hanging on every street corner, just begging for a slug from a .45 right between the eyes (which reminds me, is yelling 'hey, baby doll' to passing women a recommended dating technique in the Big Apple or any place for that matter?). Drawing his inspiration from the thoroughly sleazy vibe of early 80s downtown Manhattan, Ferrara delivers an unforgettable experience that offers viewers several truly iconic moments of exploitation cinema, including Thana's transition from meek dressmaker to blood-red lipstick wearing vigilante (accompanied by a screeching saxophone), the stunning execution of a street-gang in Central Park, and the amazing finale where Thana, wearing a sexy nun outfit, loses her cool at a fancy dress party.
Slick, riveting and totally unmissable, Ms.45 is an almost-perfect movie (it would've got a perfect score if it hadn't been for Editta Sherman's irritating performance as Thana's nosey landlady, Mrs. Nasone?I don't understand why she couldn't have accidentally caught a stray bullet in the head!).
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