Evoking Kubrick’s Lolita, Jen (Matilda Lutz), arrives at a remote desert villa with her wealthy boyfriend (Kevin Jannsens) for a weekend of romantic (and illicit) frivolity. Things go south quickly when her lover’s sleazy hunting pals show up and make inappropriate advances that escalate into an outright assault. The men quickly try to sweep their attack under the rug, but Jen won’t have that, because hell hath no fury… Unfortunately for her assailants, Jen survives and reemerges with a relentless, wrathful intent: revenge. A white-knuckle tale of transgression and transformation, REVENGE gloriously blurs the lines of vengeance and survival while simultaneously delivering a ferocious dissection of gender and genre.
Revenge is the debut film from Frech Filmmaker, Coralie Fargeat, and tells a gritty story of a woman who has been violently raped and left for dead by 3 men which forces her to return for revenge. While it probably doesn’t sound like the most intriguing or original idea for a movie, the brilliant way that it was created is both violent and beautiful at the same time.
I think it’s safe to say that if you’re a fan of such films as “I Spit On Your Grave,” “Martyrs,” and the likes, you shouldn’t be disappointed at all. If you’re against those type films then you probably need to stay away from this one. It would also help greatly if the sight of blood does not make you want to hurl your dinner. I’m not talking about blood here and there, I’m talking about massive amounts all over everything. Massive meaning almost to the fantastical point. So this area is where you’ll most likely need to turn off your sense of realism and just got with the flow of what the movie is and what it’s trying to say. Let me tell you, the amount of blood in this one makes you seriously wonder if it’s possible for a human to carry 100 gallons of blood inside them, and if not, is there something magical that’s keeping them alive.
The story begins with Jen (Matilda Lutz) and her handsome boyfriend, French millionaire, Richard (Kevin Janssens), flying to a distant and remote getaway in the middle of the Moroccan desert. Richard has told his wife and kids that he is going on his annual hunting trip with his friends. Jen is very much aware that Richard is married but is having too much fun being his playtoy in his wealthy world. Once at the resort we see her waltzing around the house with nothing on but her skimpy panties and a cut off T-shirt showing her tight stomach. Jen grabs an apple from the fridge and takes a bite as she turns around, facing the sliding glass doors, when she suddenly stops dead in her tracks. On the other side stands to scruffy looking men carrying high-powered rifles who are grinning and looking her over like she’s a juicy slice of meat. Pay attention to the apple, you get to see the once bit piece of fruit slowly rot away as the movie ends.
Richard lets the men into the cabin and tells Jen that they are his hunting buddies, Stan and Dimitri, but are a day early. Once they all meet and greet they settle down at the pool with some drinking and dancing. Jen does a little flirting as she dances in front of the men, giving them the wrong signs of why. The night gets even more wild and crazy before they all end up going to bed to get some sleep for the hunting trip. The next morning Jen wakes up to find Richard had left earlier that morning to run an errand. While he’s away Stan enters her room and asks why she doesn’t like him then proceeds to rape her. They don’t actually show the rape scene but it’s heavily implied. After Richard shows back up he tried to bribe Jen with money to keep this to herself but she insists on leaving. This upsets Richard and his friends so they dream up a way to get rid of her before they leave to go hunting. The scenes that follow are some of the most intense and gory visuals that my eyes have ever seen. We get to see the prissy beauty-queen Jen turn into one hell of a fierce and intensely focused hellion. She does indeed get her Revenge!
Revenge is a really fast-paced movie, but it flows perfectly and seamlessly, there’s never a dull or boring moment. The film’s main focus is on Jen’s development concerning the effect the assault had on her. The poor girl suffered a great deal but throws herself back into the game and desperately tried to keep those sickening men from getting away with what they have done to her. Be warned, this movie is gory, bloody and insanely graphic. Especially, the impaling and self-patching of the wounds. There are a few plot holes in the script, but they really don’t take away from it. If you’re able to put away your feelings of real and suspend belief for the duration of this movie, you’ll be fine. This is no doubt a movie you must see at least once. I know I’ll be watching it again!
Release Date: February 7, 2018
Runtime: 1 hour, 48 minutes
Genre: Horror, Action, Thriller
Studio: Universal Pictures
Starring: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe
MPAA Rated: R
Director(s): Coralie Fargeat
Reviewed by: Mad Hatter
Our Rating: 3.4 /5
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