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Dean Cain as Mason Danvers
Benjamin Hollingsworth as Joel Gainer
Kyra Zagorsky as Jocelyn
Michael Eklund as Warden Snyder
699.08 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 30 min
P/S 1 / 15

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Reviewed by Comeuppance Reviews 6 / 10

Dean Cain at his absolute gritty best

Mason "Mace" Danvers (Cain) is a Chicago cop with everything to live for. His wife is expecting their first child, he's excelling in his career, and he's pretty much living the dream. Suddenly, his once-perfect life becomes a nightmare when the super-evil baddie Victor Abbott ('Show) invades his home and brutally slaughters his pregnant wife. Vowing revenge, Mace gets himself locked up in Stonewall prison so he can get close to Victor and his crew. But he gets more than he bargains for when he uncovers a conspiracy that goes all the way to the top. With Mace on the edge, will he get his VENDETTA? It's going to be a "big bad show tonight" as The Big Show faces off against Dean Cain in the battle we've all waited ages to see. Vendetta is the best WWE Films production we've seen to date, and has a lot of good points, mixed in with a couple negatives. The good: the movie is Dean Cain at his absolute best, and it's pretty gritty for him. Cain is out of control as he kills baddie after baddie and has some cool weaponry like spiked brass knuckles to help him along on his journey of revenge. You can see all the fights, and the movie certainly doesn't skimp on the blood, brutality, and violence. It's well-made overall and isn't overly long. It knows its place as a B-movie and anyone expecting anything else might be missing the point.

The Big Show (we could call him Mr. Show, but that might be infringing upon the rights of Bob and David) is essentially a wrestling-style baddie, but perhaps even more evil. He's so maniacally evil, we at one point shouted, "we get it! He's EVIL!" - but that's the thing about these wrestlers being in WWE productions. Even though, as wrestlers, they haven't been in any movies, they have years of experience acting, because that's 99% of what wrestling is. The WWE is now essentially a farm team so they can figure out who goes into their cinematic output. Perhaps The Big Show and others just wanted to act all along; their dream was to be in off-Broadway plays and the legitimate theatre but just did wrestling as a backup plan. We certainly could see Mr. Big Show bellowing "Stella!!!! Stella!!!" in a star turn as Stanley Kowalski in 'Streetcar.

The not-so-good: The movie is probably one of the least original and most clichéd we've seen in some time. There is literally nothing that in any way separates it from similar movies like Death Warrant (1990) or In Hell (2003). Whether that's a dealbreaker is another matter, but almost every prison movie cliché is present and accounted for, much like the lineup when prisoners first arrive at the jail. It's also quite repetitive, which is a seemingly unavoidable trap for prison movies. The whole second half is essentially 1. either Cain or Big Show talks to the warden in his office 2. fight scene 3. Big Show talking to his crew. That's pretty much it. This could have been avoided if Cain's character went into prison later in the movie than he does. If you don't have a problem with clichés and repetition, Vendetta is good, solid fare and has plenty of fine attributes to offset these things.

Reviewed by David Roggenkamp 3 / 10

The amount of killings

A cop and his partner manage to infiltrate a crime boss's warehouse; he isn't taken down right away and he attempts to up the ante; only to have several laser scopes pointed at him. Case done and closed right? Wrong! They don't have enough evidence and he gets to walk. That doesn't stop him from deciding to get some revenge by taking out the main character's wife – incidentally she is pregnant. The cop suddenly gets a vigilante streak and points his gun at the criminal; but finally stands down at the words of his partner. This doesn't stop him from turning around and deciding to take matters into his own hands and kill the antagonist's brother. This sets him up on a one way trip to a state correctional facility. Incidentally it's the same location as the antagonist.

The overseer of the state correctional facility is pretty straight forward in wanting to be this ex-cop's best friend. He wants to go so far as helping him pull strings around the facility. The cop keeps an open mind on it, but has other plans as he starts to kill off the antagonist's minions and the antagonist himself.

The movie plays heavily on the fact that this cop is out for revenge and will go through whatever punishment and beatings are necessary to get the job done. He is beaten several times over, and it still doesn't get the message through that he should know his place. Instead he comes back for more revenge until the whole prison finally erupts into a riot due to his meddling. The movie does wrap things up nicely and that is that.

Is the movie worth a watch? Absolutely. The RedBox DVD which I watched, included two special commentaries of note. The first goes into detail about the film location being haunted. The second goes into detail about the behind the scenes moments of "Vendetta". Interesting to note that the main director was female and her focus was the numerous killings in this movie; there were well over forty-seven deaths before the movie ends. Not only is this a strange change of pace for this gender role, but the movie also takes a strange turn when the antagonist's actor is actually seen as quite friendly and humorous. The behind the scenes makes this DVD all the more enjoyable.

Originally posted to Orion Age ( p=9863).

Reviewed by quincytheodore 4 / 10

Clumsy execution and repetitive story, Vendetta won't bring your time back

While having distinct cast with Dean Cain and Paul Wight (Big Show) Vendetta feels terribly mundane. It follows a straightforward plot of a renegade cop who does everything he can to exact his revenge. The main problem isn't the plot itself, but how the execution falters in almost every action sequences. It just looks amateurish as punches and kicks barely land, while the choreography consists of random flailing or pushing. The poor presentation is incompatible with the gritty mood it tries to build and the film ends up running around in circle like the on-screen inmate.

Mason (Dean Cain) is a detective in feud with crime mogul Victor (Paul Wight). After shoddy first act where development feels forced, Mason deliberately incarcerates himself to the same prison Victor does time. The film repeats this hardened cop gimmick too much, almost the entire movie portrays him fighting and outsmarting Victor and the corrupt warden. This get repetitive very fast as events happen with little to no build up.

At some points the screenplay almost literally repeats itself by rehearsing the same scene, I even wondered whether this wasn't already done fifteen minutes ago. There's no intelligent move on Mason's part, honestly his plan relies far heavily on coincidence and the others' stupidity. Dean Cain is stuck on his Batman impression with overdose of angst while Paul Wight is just not convincing on the antagonist role aside from his large physique.

The weakest link must be the lackluster cinematography, Vendetta's action is timid and feeble. Motions look awkward and editing is jittery, it resembles WWE match with fake blood. Character would swing and miss, yet his enemy would fall, in the wrong way. Gun effect is poor as well, as though they plaster flash effect with lots of strawberry jam filled prosthetic for blood substitution.

None of the action looks genuine. With good presentation Vendetta could've been a decent action, but seeing it's hampered by obvious flaws, it'd be better to serve your time somewhere else.

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