One and a half stars. Why? Because the gore and special effects are pretty good. It's filmed with some decent equipment, so visually, it doesn't look like your buddy made it in his basement.
A classic revenge movie theme and one that's very overdone and silly at times. Self operations with beer cans (that apparently leaves no scars), shotguns with scopes and bodies containing way more blood than bodies usually do are some of the things that seem a but stupid for me.
Sure, this is action told in a thriller-ish way with many horror hints. Still, when the girl suddenly has a new hair color it's made pretty clear that plot holes and errors come pretty tight in this one.
It looks fantastic with cool effects, both visually and aurally. It's a blood fest and not for anyone with a weak stomache.
I find it hard to rate as it's a fun and pretty watch, but also so very unrealistic and amazingly enough a bit flat at times - the pace is not very constant. Some moments, some very cool scenes but not the smartest film there is.
5.5 out of 10 saran wraps.
It depicts men as dull, superficial machos and women as dull, superficial bimbos and puts them in a war against each other. That's is pretty much exactly what feminism moves against.
The only good thing about this movie is it's marketing. It cleverly uses the popularized, emotionalized, unscientific version of feminism and commercializes it even further. Our Bimbo unrealistically turns into a super-women-for-revenge after being raped and disposed of and somehow wins an impossible fight against 3 stronger men. Show the reality of it: A live of psychological trauma and a good chance for an involuntary dependency on social security. Not a glorified fucking shotgun-showdown escalating everything.
This yet a again another exploitative movie depicting gender stereotypes in the dullest manner possible, and sending unrealistic and potentially dangerous messages about sexuality.
Do not underestimate an animal backed up against a wall, especially one who's unlikely to fight coz it might. These guys learned it the hard way. This movie also did not hold off from gore and violence. For that "entertainment" value, it's up there. Almost Hostel levels, if you ask me.
This is such a great genre film. This is a tense, over-the-top action, revenge movie. And it is that all the way. This movie takes the female stereotype and flips it completely on its head and uses it to its full advantage. This led to one of the most badass performances I've seen in a while.
Revenge is very heavy on style but never at the expense of the substance. Tons of symbolism to look for. Also very, very gory. I had to look away. A lot.
This movie is great.
The whole story is about Jen (fearlessly embodied by Matilda Lutz, Rings) is enjoying a romantic getaway with her wealthy boyfriend which is suddenly disrupted when his sleazy friends arrive for an unannounced hunting trip. Tension mounts in the house until the situation abruptly--and viciously--intensifies, culminating in a shocking act that leaves Jen left for dead. Unfortunately for her assailants, Jen survives and reemerges with a relentless, wrathful intent: revenge.
As an hour and 48 minutes movie, the story was fine. It wasn't that shocking or surprising one, I mean if you watched the trailer before watching the movie, you will figure out the whole story.
I went to watch Revenge and I know that it's not gonna be nothing less or more than just a dump movie, but it did surprise me, with its way of vengeance, performances and the places of filming.
OK, the story was really lite, nothing awesome about it, it was just okay. But -and there must be a but- the direction blow the whole thing up, with a terrible soundtrack, the presentation went ridiculous! The first act (the plot) was good, enough as presenting the story and the characters. The second act (the beginning of Jen's transformation) was good as the middle chapter. The third act (the finale) was super-predictable, but still entertaining.
The performances were really good, especially Matilda Lutz, I can't wait to see her having her own action high-budget movie.
The places of filming were really catching, but once again the direction blew the whole thing up.. Coralie Fargeat, please, don't direct any other movie again!
And now, the most over-made thing is the blood, it's not only brutal, it was totally unscientific, and the whole movie is unscientific! Those are the issues I found in Revenge, and the good things too.
I'm gonna give Revenge a B+.
Okay, guys, thank you as always for reading, and please, let me know what do you think about my reviews.
- Jen (Matilda Lutz) surviving being impaled on a tree
- Jen burning said tree - but not herself - in order get free
- Jen surviving the elements of the desert without food or water
- Jen running around in the desert barefoot
- Jen's hair randomly changing color
- Jen's transformation from party girl to Rambo
- Death from blood loss not being a thing
- The human body containing literally 100 gallons of blood
- Jen and Richard (Kevin Janssens) chasing each other around the house
for literally 10 minutes
At least the color palette, cinematography, and soundtrack were cool.