Tag Archives: Revenge [Genre]

(Re)Assignment [2016]

This is a completely unhinged exploitation picture based on the premise that a professional assassin has forced gender reassignment surgery. After the first reel it plays like a classic revenge thriller with a Hannibal-lite side-show in a second stream. It … Continue reading

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Brimstone [2016]

A few years ago, I thought that the Western was dead. You’ll note that in the meta-structure of these posts I made Western into a category rather than a tag; because the structures and issues that the Western grapples with … Continue reading

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47 Ronin [2013]

I first heard the tale of the 47 samurai during the film Ronin. The legend hinges on the idea that there are two competing imperatives for honourable behaviour. On the one hand, the samurai whose master was killed could live … Continue reading

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Blue Ruin [2013]

I remember walking out after watching Unforgiven and thinking that I’d never need to watch another Western again. Clint Eastwood’s 1992 masterpiece is still essentially the perfect response to the genre, and if you have to pick just one moment as the … Continue reading

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Oldboy [2003]

Oldboy  is a complex knot of a problem whose ambiguities and refusal to make moral judgments make it, paradoxically, open to multiple interpretations that may not ever be completely reconcilable. I expect that for those who loved it, the odd shifts … Continue reading

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Big Hero 6 [2015]

This is a film for which it is all too easy to write the obvious one-paragraph review. Big Hero 6 is a wonderfully imaginative romp through the near-future world of San Fransokyo, with lovable characters and engaging action sequences that … Continue reading

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Equalizer [2014]

The Equalizer got a kicking from some critics and I couldn’t help feel some of them were upset that it was a “genre” outing. The opening gambit of the review in the Telegraph was to criticise its “threadbare plot, clichéd villains, … Continue reading

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