Tagged with revenge films

Review: Revenge, 2018, dir. Coralie Fargeat

Review: Revenge, 2018, dir. Coralie Fargeat


In the words of Michael David Cummings, everybody needs a little vengeance, especially rape victims, and then especially rape victims left for dead in the desert by their married boyfriend and their boyfriends’ friends (one of whom is the rapist). That’s the set-up for Coralie Fargeat’s excellent debut, Revenge, a French genre exercise that’s as gory and … Continue reading

Review: I Saw the Devil, 2011, dir. Ji-woon Kim

Review: I Saw the Devil, 2011, dir. Ji-woon Kim


It’s hard to talk about the New Wave of South Korean cinema without at the very least touching on revenge pictures. Blame Chan-wook Park;  his vengeance trilogy represents three of the best-received South Korean pictures released during the movement’s surge in the early-to-mid 2000s, and Park himself stands out as arguably the most talked about … Continue reading

Review: The Dead Man’s Shoes, 2004, dir. Shane Meadows

Review: The Dead Man’s Shoes, 2004, dir. Shane Meadows


Eye-catching stylishness and cool fight scenes have almost become the barometers by which a revenge film is measured in contemporary pop culture, rather than the protagonist’s quest for vengeance. Take Kill Bill, Quentin Tarantino’s bloated homage to all things cinematic which he adores, from chambara movies to kung fu flicks to spaghetti Westerns; the aesthetic … Continue reading