The Soska Sister, Jen and Sylvia have been making a name for themselves in the horror genre with films like American Mary, See No Evil 2 and their chapter of the ABC’s of Death. Now they are flexing their muscles in the world of action teaming up once again with the WWE for their latest film Vendetta starring Dean Cain and The Big Show, but can they bring the pain in the world of action like they do with horror or will it be locked up without parole?
Vendetta follows a hard-nosed detective who deliberately gets arrested for murder in order to get revenge when his wife is killed by a criminal that he put away. While inside, he discovers a new criminal enterprise that those behind it would kill to protect. This film harkens back to the action films of the 80s and 90s delivering everything you could want. No it’s not the high choreographed crisp fight sequences that Hollywood has become known for now, but instead it is a balls to the wall messy realistic actioner. Sure there are some over the top aspects within the prison walls but that just adds to the fun. Cain does a good job with the character taking him from hard edged cop determined to get his man to lost emotionally drained man whose focus shifts to insane focus on vengeance. The Big Show is already a physical force to be reckoned with but here he is given more to do using mental torture and pure evil to bring his character to life. The direction of most of the film is pretty predictable, but that doesn’t hurt the film in anyway. It is all really just setting the tone for Cain to unleash his insane vengeance on those around him. The Soska’s have crafted a story that allows Cain’s character to evolve to the insane levels he gets to taking both physical and mental punishment along the way to further cement his final mentality. The biggest surprise comes from the always great Micheal Eklund who is really toned down here. He is one of those actors that usually plays insane characters, but here he is more mellow, but still just as insane. When it comes to the action it is messy and violent just like real life. The Soska’s take their love of blood and make to let it flow and splatter here and there without over doing it.
There are some bumps here and there with the pacing at times and some of the supporting actor’s performances, but none are enough to really hurt the film. This is a throwback action film that isn’t breaking any doors down in the genre, but does manage to entertain and deliver exactly what you might expect. The Soska’s seem to be able to do no wrong so it is exciting to see what they may be conjuring up next. In additions to the film this release also includes behind the scenes featurettes that take you further behind bars to enhance the film.
Prepare to get locked up for vengeance when Vendetta hits Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on August 18th.