Revenge movie poster

Leave it to an icky girl to ruin an otherwise festive guys-only hunting party. Every film may be forgiven its one coincidence, the singular little side trip from logic required to kick the plot into motion or to unite seemingly disparate characters. Revenge offers up a young woman who, after being pushed off a cliff and impaled on a dead tree, burns down the offending flora and lives to enact bloody vengeance on the three men who raped and/or tried to kill her. If you can swallow the premise — and I did, whole! — you’re in for a glorious popcorn picture. First-time director Coralie Fargeat went through so many gallons of stunt blood that the last reel of the picture appears to have been shot on a Slip ‘n Slide. And star Matilda Lutz’s offscreen devotion to boxing, surfing, and rock climbing made her a natural for the muscular role. The film would be nothing without her ebullient transition from the boss’s seemingly air headed gumare to a Jane Rambo-style killing machine. 2017.

Scott Marks

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