Cast: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe
Director: Coralie Fargeat
Rated: R for gruesome violence, rape, graphic nudity, drug use and language
This movie tells a fairly simple story without any major dialogues. That is biggest plus point of this movie. Those of you who have seen and enjoyed movies like “I Spit on Your Grave” and “Last House on The Left” will enjoy this genre. I absolutely loved this movie. I’ve seen a lot of revenge thrillers including high budget duds like Revenant. However, I will any day prefer to spend my money watching the gorgeous Matilda Lutz do her thing on the big screen then seeing Leonardo Di Caprio wrestle with a bear.
The plot is fairly straightforward; a trio of wealthy men and a woman are having a great time at a remote villa in the middle of an outback desert. When the woman gets violated by one of the men in the group she wants to get out. Fearful of getting exposed, her lover (though a married man) pushes her off a cliff to her death. However, she somehow survives and hunts down all of them in a brutal fight for ‘revenge’.
Personally, I think no one does revenge films better than the Koreans. However, the French have certainly scored big with this dark and twisted film. Director Coralie Fargeat brings us a vicious film on how a woman struggles to survive against three predatory men. In this gory, revenge-driven horror film the antagonist’s end up suffering much more than the protagonists.
Matilda Lutz who plays the role of “Jen” turns in a jaw-dropping performance for this film. She is successfully able to portray her indomitable spirit with every fiber of her being, which is a complete U-turn from how she started at the film. The scenes in which she performs field surgery on herself will make you cringe even though it doesn’t show anything too disturbing. Her reactions, screams and wails of pain are enough to nake you feel what she is going though. These sequences make her performance all more convincing as she pursues her attackers across the landscape.
Revenge is a movie about survival. On both sides of the fight, people are doing everything they possibly can to survive. What is disturbing about his movie is the fact that how men tend to use their power. It is as though they are entitled to it. This movie makes this very clear when you see these incredibly wealthy scumbags assert their power over Jen. As bloody and gruesome as this movie is, it’s the men who are the most revolting part of Revenge.
The cinematography here is simply amazing. It works like a metaphor to the predicament of Jen. At first everything is beautiful and vivid. However, as the situation became dangerous for Jen, the darker and lifeless portion of the desolated desert is revealed and from then on it just turns into a bloody mess. Revenge is not for the faint-hearted. If you are sensitive to scenes of violence against women then you should not see this. It is a great throwback to the rape/revenge genre of the 1970s. My rating for this movie is 7 stars out of 10.
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