VENDETTA (2022) Bruce Willis reviews, action crime thriller by Theo Rossi

Vendetta is a 2022 American crime thriller about a father seeking revenge for the death of his daughter who gets caught up in a gang war.

Written and directed by Jared Cohn (Bathing; Shark season; Fast and Fierce: Death Race; alien predator; Halloween Pussy Trap Kills! Kill!; devil’s domain; Hold your breath). Produced by Amar Balaggan, Corey Large, Ross Mrazek and Benjamin Rappaport.

The Bar None Productions film stars Bruce Willis (US headquarters; Summit; Midnight in the Switchgrass; out of death; kill hard; cosmic sin; Breach; die hard franchise)Clive Standen, Theo Rossi (Get away from the field; army of the dead; body camera; ghosts of war), Thomas Jane, Jackie Moore and Mike Tyson.

Ground:
When his daughter is brutally murdered and justice seems unlikely, William Duncan (Clive Standen) takes the law into his own hands and sets out on a quest for retaliation.

After killing the thug who was directly responsible for his death, he finds himself in the middle of a war with the thug’s brother, Rory Fetter (Theo Rossi), and his gang, who are equally determined to exact revenge for their deaths. . member.

What ensues is a tense back-and-forth game of one man’s thirst for revenge on another. William comes to discover that the quest for revenge always has the same end…

Our point of view:
Clive Standen delivers a nuanced performance as William Duncan, the obviously naïve father who gets revenge for his daughter’s murder without making sure he’s obviously the killer. Another really dumb decision actually adds credence to his character because he’s not portrayed as an unstoppable Charles Bronson-type vigilante, just a grieving father out for revenge. That said, his quick recovery from a near-fatal gunshot wound stretches his credibility just as painfully; as does his hands-on encounter with a genius arms dealer named Dante (Thomas Jane) who happens to have an arsenal of guns for sale. Oh, and a grudge against the Fetter family to boot!

Theo Rossi grimaces and smirks through a scumbag role he clearly enjoys (and, of course, it’s a terrible shot like all villains) while, unlike many recent films, Bruce Willis actually has the chance to deliver a reasonable performance as a crime boss where he even has a few memorable one-liners. Their scenes together are fun and enjoyable.

Written and directed by the incredibly prolific Jared Cohn, Vendetta is stereotypical but arguably his best entry among many previous duds. While somewhat predictable, save for a curious gray area involving Detective Chen (Kurt Yue), it’s utterly entertaining on-screen visceral violence, in much the same way as Nobody (2020) with Bob Odenkirk est. And that underscores that Standen’s character doesn’t feel anything even after taking his retribution. There is no justification in his revenge.

Plot gimmicks aside, the only real downsides are the low-pitched gunfire on the soundtrack and Mike Tyson’s reprobate bad acting in an unwanted cameo.
Adrian J Smith, MOVIES and MANIA

Other reviews:
Globally, Vendetta it may not be new, but I love revenge movies and Theo Rossi is one of the most hateful villains of the year; it clearly doesn’t have a huge budget, but it gets the job done and I was emotionally involved in the story. 3/5 stars. Action Elite

Vendetta ticks all the right boxes, but it often seems like he does it because he has to, not because he wants to […] Luckily, there are some big baddies that make it easier for the good guys to root. ITPA

Vendetta works through an increase in the violence in William’s life, taking him down to turn him into a killing machine, and a few fights, shootouts, and a car chase are offered to create the illusion that something animated is going on (Brandon Cox’s shaky-cam cruddy cinema is totally unnecessary). Standen tries hard to bring emotional strength to his role, but he’s not backed by quality direction…” 1.5/5 Blu-ray.com

Vendetta is a revenge-fueled action adventure with a gripping story that is guaranteed to please action movie lovers everywhere. 3.5/5 stars. horror facts

“…it’s in tune with the times, probably more than Cohn anticipated or realized, as it taps into deep and widespread anxieties and frustrations. For what it’s worth, Vendetta is the best Cohn film (that we have reviewed) since The horde…” JB spins

“Theo Rossi plays a fantastically unhinged Rory Fetter, making him so reprehensible that you can’t help but cheer William on for his final revenge. Speaking of the finale, this would be Bruce Willis’ last film role and it’s Fortunately, this is one of his best direct-to-market films. Nerdly

Vendetta is not a game-changer, as its plot and appearance are largely familiar, but it features strong violent manifestations, antagonists and supporting characters, acting on all levels, and at least a rare moment of legit shock. 3.5/5 stars. Voice from the balcony

Exit:
In the USA, Vendetta was released by Vertical Entertainment via Redbox on May 17, 2022.

Cast and characters:
Bruce Willis … Donnie Fetter
Thomas Jane … Dante
Clive Standen…William Duncan
Theo Rossi … Rory Fetter
Jackie Moore…Luna
Mike Tyson … Roach
Derek Russo … Zachary Penton
Maddie Nichols … Kat Duncan
Kurt Yue … Detective Chen
Lauren Buglioli … Jen Duncan
Eric Buarque
Caia Coley … Nurse Pam
Maury Morgan … Alice Hawltin
Dustin Lewis … Doctor
Demetrius Alistair … Mick
Jesse O’Neill … Trae
Randy Gonzalez … Delgado
Darryl Dillard … Policeman
Patrick Lamont Jr. … Henley
Nathan Hesse … Cop Donut
Tamil Periasamy … Clerk
Cindy L. Jefferson … Judge
Cabot Basden … Danny Fetter

Filming locations :
Eatonton, Georgia

Technical details:
1 hour 36 minutes
Aspect ratio: 16:9

Trailer:

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