The Movie: 7/10
Domestic abuse, child abuse, we all know it exists and most of us know about it up close and personal in one form or another. This is a real fact, not fiction, and yet it continues on and on. When we hear about someone being beaten by a spouse or partner, or children who have been abused, we get angry…but we do nothing. I think it’s fair to say that fiction is a way for us to live our fantasies without the consequences, and A Vigilante is firmly parked in this spot, for sure.
A woman who has suffered at the hands of her husband finds the courage to leave, but the monster she’s leaving intervenes and destroys her life. As she heals from the horrific act of violence she decides to make a difference. Over some period of time she trains, learns some new “special skills” (just like Liam Neeson). At some point she makes herself available to do the intervening, but her version finds the abusers getting the end of her fist, over and over and over, and other consequences they all deserve. This is why she’s a Vigilante, you see?
I really did enjoy this movie, and that sounds weird because of the story and many of the action sequences, but it’s well made and I understand the whole point. It isn’t a glaring example of how someone could actually become a vigilante, so we have some added features for drama’s sake. The thing is, I still feel the OH YES moments as they come and wish we could do what she does, sometimes….legally of course.
The abusive husband’s performance is a big melodramatic at times, but everyone else fits into their characters and our leading character played by @OliviaWilde does an excellent job of portraying a very complex person, her trauma, her determination, and her heart break.
I have had a pretty experience with a few movies with vigilante characters, not all of the highest quality, but I still appreciate the effort. Atomic Blonde, Peppermint, and a recent one we reviewed, Cold Pursuit. I think we all WANT to exact revenge on people who do very very very bad things. I know everyone has different beliefs and personal codes that help control those urges, so when we can live them vicariously through storytelling, we get to vent our dark emotions, while not actually committing any crimes:)
- Catharsis: Creating A Vigilante (30 Minutes) – A decent look at the making of the movie with plenty of Olivia Wilde and director Sarah Daggar-Nickson.
- Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 8/10
A Vigilante comes to Blu-ray using an AVC transfer in 1080P and 1.84:1 aspect ratio. The movie consists of a lot of close ups and shot in 2K this means a lot of fine detail. Andrew McIntyre Smith the director of photography here uses a grim looking color palette which fits the subject matter perfectly. Lionsgate have a great looking transfer here with no compression issues at all.
The immersive DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track used here is quite restrained for this type of movie. The film doesnt really have a lot of dialog so ambient noise is used a lot in the rear speakers. Dialog is very centralized and the bass channel is reserved for the score.
Overall Score 7/10