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[REVIEW] Vendetta (2015) - ManlyMovie

[REVIEW] Vendetta (2015)

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Runtime: 90 Minutes
Rated: R
What To Expect: About 45 minutes worth of unintended humour

It’s ironic that while WWE eats itself from within by pushing a soccer mom-friendly, cookie cutter product, it still has time and resources to pump out movies that are not only violent but also so absurd as to be unintentionally funny, kind of like its hugely successful Attitude Era.  After the suprisingly so so (as opposed to not atrocious) Marine 4: Moving Target comes another  Cannon-like manly movie, with another WWE mainstay cashing in on his movie contract.  But beware, only those willing to have their humour gland unintentionally stimulated need approach this one.  It ain’t good.

Straight forward stuff here, for the first half at least.  A cop, Dean Cain, has his pregnant wife beaten to death by crime kingpin Paul ‘The Big Show’ Wight (pulling prolonged WWE promos here as opposed to acting) in her own home.  They have a rivalry, see, but you don’t touch a man’s family.  So obviously, there’s only one thing for it – revenge, vigilantism and a thousand yard stare.  But Cain cannot get to The Big Show since he is now serving time for doing the crime.  So Cain must get his own ass locked up by going on a ‘hunting trip’ and openly murdering Big Show’s associates.  They wind up in the same jail.  Are you ready for the F-league rap music to blast out of your speakers, to inform you that shit is about to go down?

This is when the fun starts.  And when I say ‘fun’ I do not mean well executed film making.  The plotholes and general narrative laziness are suspect, to say the least.  Armed with weapons, men saunter in and out of the cells of other men at will, stabbing and maiming those who have drawn their ire.  And this isnt just down to prison corruption, because the protagonist himself is doing it more than anyone, with blood streaking the walls and, apparently, not a one on the staff batting an eyelid.  Later, the movie tries to create ‘excuses’ for all of this no-DQ mayhem and tie it all together with some writing, but it doesn’t convince those who haven’t already turned it off.  For the first half of the movie, this kind of shit gave me some good laughs.

The second half of the movie is where it falls apart.  I always say that C-movies like this should know their limitations and not try to blow the socks off of people by getting narratively ambitious.  Vendetta fails as a movie when it attempts to get all fancy in the story department.  I don’t want a Shawshank Redemption/Prison Break rip off concoction from a group of people hired by WWE to write a script – it is going to fail all week and twice on Sunday!  The warden corruption angle is truly boring and dire.  Especially with terrible casting – Michael Eklund plays categorically the worst and most ill-convincing prison warden in film history here, trying to rip off Daniel Day Lewis’ performance from There Will Be Blood while only managing to look like some type of sex offender.

Oh, and while there is no shaking camerawork the fight scenes suck, basically because the Soskia Sisters can’t direct.  An extra point for humorously lax prison decorum and egregious savagery.

5

 

11 Comments

  1. Cal

    June 13, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Ew, I was thinking of watching this… Glad I didn’t.

  2. GXFR4LIFE

    June 13, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Dont listen to him I would give it seven out of ten and say the soskia sister is just wrong it is directed just fine for the budget and the made Dean Cain look like a bad ass

    • CyrusTheVirus85

      June 13, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      Bullshit. There are directorial gaffs littered throughout that have nothing to do with budget and everything to do with laziness. I’ll give you laziness as the description instead of a more honest appraisal listed in the review – ineptitude.

      • GXFR4LIFE

        June 13, 2015 at 3:06 pm

        Really laziness on a probably less then a month shot and its a wwe film which normally are not that great just saying this is better then most now go watch con air again

        • CyrusTheVirus85

          June 13, 2015 at 3:18 pm

          What a moron. Man throws punch, director can’t be bothered to make sure it looks like it connects on playback. Since there are two directors, double the stupidity. Or laziness. Which is it to be?

          • GXFR4LIFE

            June 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm

            It was there first action movie calm down and dtv so chill what have u directed what is it fav action flick or kung fu flick

  3. Jacob Phillips

    June 13, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    pity, trailer looked kind of cool. wasn’t Dean Cain Superman back in the day??

  4. Mucho Macho

    June 13, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    I haven’t seen this 1 but i liked “The Marine 4”. Even more than part 3.

  5. The Night Rider

    June 14, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    A better movie of this nature would be Van Damme’s ‘In Hell’.

  6. Clint Beastwood

    June 14, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    You don’t have a guy like Paul Wight in your movie and not use the camera to good effect in highlighting and making the most of his size. Crappy film.
    Love the site BTW

  7. Jimmy Smith

    June 25, 2015 at 4:35 am

    I’ll give it a “Meh”. at least it’s better than Seagal’s 5 DTV movies he’s came out with in the past month.