X: Night of Vengeance (2011)
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Critic Reviews for X: Night of Vengeance
X most certainly won't be for everyone, but I found myself enjoying every second of its slick, bordering on camp, nature. It's one of the most alive and confident genre titles to come out of this country in quite some time.
The ensuing chase doesn't entirely hang together, with some twists more plausible than others, but the setting's scuzzy, febrile atmosphere adds to the tension and the two leads hold their own.
As raw and tragic as X tries to be, it stumbles over its delusional awe of the dangerous underworld and its alluring perks ...
Audience Reviews for X: Night of Vengeance
Quite gritty portrayal of prostitution focusing on two women. One aged 30, who has had enough and is leaving and one a young runaway just starting out. A bit of violence and nudity, as you would expect, plus the usual betrayals and sleaziness of life on the streets. The cast are fine, but something about it didn't entirely work, at least in my opinion. Can't quite pinpoint what. Maybe the characters could have been a bit more fleshed out. Particularly for the younger girl.
Wasn't bad, I'll give it that. There were lots of twists and turns which kept the plot interesting and engaging. The acting was good too which helped this movie out a lot. The ending left me questioning which is probably what the director wanted, but I wasn't too fond of how it ended. Still a good movie, but I do not recommend seeing it with family as this can be very awkward.
Jon Hewitt's latest is a sleazy rollercoaster ride through the seamier parts of Sydney. Two hookers, one high class, one street level, find themselves on the run after witnessing the murder of a client. The location filming is reminiscent of "The Sweet Smell Of Success" in it's effective capturing of a busy city late at night and Hewitt's regular cinematographer Mark Pugh again does great work. I think this guy is right up there with his compatriot Chris Doyle. Viva Bianca and the stunning Hanna Mangan-Lawrence are both excellent in the lead roles. The movie is too muddled to really work but if you like old school sleazy exploitation it'll kill ninety minutes.
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