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REVIEW: Acts Of Vengeance (2017) – ManlyMovie

REVIEW: Acts Of Vengeance (2017)

Run Time: 83 Mins
Rated: R
What To Expect: A moderately entertaining movie, because it sticks to the basics

Antonio Banderas seems to be throwing out these manly B-movies faster than most of us can keep up with. The latest is the Isaac Florentine-directed Acts of Vengeance. It was previously titled Stoic, a reference to the writings of Marcus Aurelius and a central theme of the movie.  Obviously, the new name is more marketable, probably in more ways than one (some argue that a VOD movie can be moderately more successful on release lists depending on which letter of the alphabet it begins with).

The film sees Banderas’ hot shot and fast talking lawyer, who boasts of speaking on average 80,000 words a day to shit-talk his clients out of trouble, neglect his wife and daughter, who then get murdered by some pissants.  Naturally, Banderas goes off the deep end, before collecting himself, then lifting weights, learning martial arts and vowing to seek ‘vengeance’ on the scum who wasted his family.  Pretty much a mildly altered Death Wish slant.

The movie is set in America, but is clearly filmed on Avi Lerner’s cheap VISMOD Cold War sets, right down to the same seats that Jason Statham and Sylvester Stallone used during the corner cutting scenes in The Expendables series.  That’s one of the things that bugs me about the film, they put a lot of time and effort into faking America, when it’s clearly Bulgaria.  It’s not Bulgaria that’s the problem, it’s the faking.  It would’ve been fine if they’d just set the movie in Bulgaria.

Anyway, what some people may call tropes, I’d call playing it safe.  Which is what a VOD movie like this should do.  We see; the training montage, the stray dog that turns out to be a loyal sidekick and the sacrificial pissant thugs who suffer a warm up beating from the vengeful madman on his quest to find the real killers.  And of course, it all leads to two men meeting at the end to settle things with their fists, at the end.

Other good things, Karl Urban is in the movie (not too much, though), he always cuts a good presence.  Antonio Banderas unsurprisingly shows up for work and, take the final fight scene… competently filmed, better than many of today’s ‘big’ movie fights.  Some of the cuts last 7 seconds.

A disposable movie that is worth one look.

  • Avenging force

    Really liked security but this sucks soooo fucking boring looks cheap on plus side Karl Urban is great someone give this man an action franchise or make dread 2 .

  • Mucho Macho

    Antonio Banderas es un hombre cool

  • Mucho Macho

    Anyone who grew up in the 80s & 90s and belonged to the VHS/ Cable TV generation, that love action movies, grew up on these kind of low budget action movies that we used to rent at the video store & or watched on Cable TV.

    A special shout-out to the folks that used to make movies for P.M.Entertainment. These kind of movies are like McDonald’s, they might not be considered fine dining or Gourmet, they might be cheap but I like ’em.
    Sometimes simple ass-kicking films, do just fine.💪

    • Avenging force

      I love a cheap action movie I grew up watching ,dudikoff ,speakman,wincot, but they have to be good I mean for every american ninja 2 there’s a berettas island this is more berettas island like I said loved security but this was zzzzzzzz,

      • Mucho Macho

        I understand your point in every genre you have your decent stuff, your great stuff, your good stuff, bad stuff, your horrible stuff & your dreadful shit. & of course I prefer certain genres to others.

        But if you read articles of the producers , directors and actors of this era, they will tell you that they were highly employed cuz video store chains and cable networks like HBO were buying their movies left & right. They were cheap to make, they sold very well and profit margins were large.

        Comedies have a problem in International markets for example because not every culture or country has the same sense of humor. The action genre is universal and that’s what the most profitable genre around the globe. Also have less dialogue😀.

        The low budget B action movie genre is one genre movie fans like myself of the 80s & 90s loved.
        I mean shit..this is gold😂📼💰
        https://youtu.be/NclIJot8pqU

        • Avenging force

          I was mad into cheap Hong Kong stuff as well ,police assassins with Cynthia rothrock,in the line of duty with Donnie yen ,shanghi express with samo fuck I was mad into renegade with Lorenzo lamezes,so cheap isn’t a problem good point about comedy I don’t get the collage humour we never had omega house in uk ,was watching the new speilberg documentary last night and he was saying how much 1941 hurt him being a flop ,I was thinking I loved it as a kid great movie great soundtrack a list cast and a big budget for a comedy .gonna watch it again see if it’s as good as I remember,and I’m gonna fill my lazy Sunday with lincon watch Daniel day act the shit out of it .

          • Mucho Macho

            I liked “1941”
            I also liked this Spielberg movie thats kind of forgotten from 1989 titled “Always”.
            If you haven’t seen it, check it out ,it’s worth a watch.
            https://youtu.be/RSL30W9DeU8

            Btw.. I only saw about 15 minutes of “Lincoln” at a friend’s house.I guess someday I’ll watch it.
            I saw this at the cinema though😀
            https://youtu.be/34x6m-ahGIo

  • Mulla Krekar

    Just finished watching this. Liked it well enough but it did sag a little at times. Also some really convenient stupid writing. Banderas is always cool though, which helps.

  • Jack Walter Christian

    Well reviewed! My feelings towards it are almost the same. You’ve got to give it to them, though. For a film made on a low-budget capacity, it was rather a great experience.