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The Demolisher

The Demolisher

When a fragile mind is pushed too far...Feb. 22, 2015 Canada85 Min.
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Bruce is a repairman tormented by a crippling sense of responsibility for his disabled wife Samantha, an ex-policewoman. Bruce’s increasing hypersensitivity to the injustice suffered by his wife steers him down a dark path of vigilantism. His disintegrating mental health, paranoia and overwhelming sense of doom causes Bruce to channel his rage towards a young woman.

The Demolisher
The Demolisher
Original titleThe Demolisher
IMDb Rating3.4 495 votes
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  • JimOctober 5, 2015Reply

    Not a success

    Done as a B-movie. Presented as a series of vignettes, sometimes with
    art movie overtones. Extremely violent towards the end.

    The direction of the film felt a little amateurish. Did not splice the
    two story lines in a convincing way. The violence was over the top. The
    dialogue was disappointing. That said, the cinematography was good.

    A policewoman is crippled after she intervenes in a ritual sacrifice.
    Her husband is deeply disturbed by her anguish and frequent nightmares.
    He dresses up in riot police armour, stalks and brutally beats the gang
    members.

    In the end, he is so traumatized by the violence that he goes berserk.
    Does not end well.

    It was unfortunate that the editor put in an up-beat ending. Quite
    unnecessary. Cannot recommend the film.

  • togetherinthefutureOctober 14, 2015Reply

    Terrible!

    Just the thought that they compared the director to John Carpenter,
    Michael Mann and Walter Hill is almost criminal. The dialogue and slow
    motion scenes are laughable at best. I would not recommend this film at
    all!!!! The people who gave this movie great reviews shod have their
    heads examined. I am one of the biggest supporters of indie film and
    this movie does nothing but make me mad. I wish I could ”Demolish” the
    film negative so nobody has to sit through the longest 85 minutes of my
    life. I can’t believe how many times they used slow motion for all
    their fighting scenes!!! The shots of Downtown Toronto were just so
    amateurish and I have never questioned so many scenes in a movie like
    ”Why is he doing this?” or ”Why the hell did that happen?”. The
    funniest part is the acting in this movie and I’m pretty sure this was
    never intended to be comedic in any way. You know a movie is headed for
    trouble when the audience openly laughs at a physically challenged
    character crawling to their loved one who just tried to kill an
    innocent woman…

  • johnston-coleOctober 15, 2015Reply

    One of the most amateur films ever shown at VIFF

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • allenandginterFebruary 16, 2016Reply

    The ONLY saving grace is the cinematography….

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • Arthur R. VascheraultFebruary 18, 2016Reply

    A lot of nothing

    The camera work is impressive in some areas, capturing unique
    perspectives, but that’s not the problem with this film. The problems,
    actually, are what follows.

    Where did all these reviews plastered on the poster come from? Are you
    kidding me? Who needs dialogue when you have long (to the point of
    awkward) actors and actresses staring off into nothing? We didn’t need
    a plot, because: REASONS Nothing really made sense in this film,
    outside the fact that the lead antagonist was clearly insane.

    The ”violence” and ”brutality” of this movie was very boring and
    simple. No real structure to the action, so it’s selling itself as a
    boring trip.

    If you want to see what a slow burning thriller should be like, watch A
    History of Violence. This film seems to attempt that kind of portrayal
    of a vigilante, but really, it’s a failure of a horror film, shot in a
    way to show the perspectives of both cat and mouse, and boy are they
    both dull.

    I gave it a 2 for the camera work being impressive, like I said, but
    I’d rather regurgitate a full grown cat than watch this again.

  • Mikhail Pushkin ([email protected])February 19, 2016Reply

    Indie, but has it’s moments…

    Not nearly as bad as critics say if you’re not expecting much. Very
    cyberpunkish without any cyber to it,- the atmosphere is there.
    Brutality, mindfk, several epic scenes, slomo, but not that overused
    matrix style. With all that, does it have much to say? I’d argue not
    too much, like most of cyberpunk without cyber. 🙂 Acting is OK for an
    indie (which is not a quality label for me). Fight scenes reasonably
    well done and the protagonist does look cool. Female role as such is
    strongly present, dilemma of which sex dominates is there, though not
    central and not in a way of a conflict. Absurdity of modern day
    knighthood with its madness, brutality, subservience and yet heroism
    and almost inbuilt core values.

    Writing this one in a stream of thought to balance, in my opinion,
    unfairly negative reviews.

  • Neb RadojkovicFebruary 20, 2016Reply

    Painfully Bad

    There is nothing to say than – painfully bad. It is a sorry excuse for
    a movie. A waste of time and possibly very bad for your nerves. There
    is not enough substance for 10 sentences. At times it is an immature
    attempt to a suspense. No substance whatsoever. Too long with not
    enough story. Demented and unrealistic. Stupid to the core. Awful.
    There is nothing to say than – painfully bad. It is a sorry excuse for
    a movie. A waste of time and possibly very bad for your nerves. There
    is not enough substance for 10 sentences. At times it is an immature
    attempt to a suspense. No substance whatsoever. Too long with not
    enough story. Demented and unrealistic. Stupid to the core. Awful.
    There is nothing to say than – painfully bad. It is a sorry excuse for
    a movie. A waste of time and possibly very bad for your nerves. There
    is not enough substance for 10 sentences. At times it is an immature
    attempt to a suspense. No substance whatsoever. Too long with not
    enough story. Demented and unrealistic. Stupid to the core. Awful.

  • kosmaspFebruary 26, 2016Reply

    Motivation and Anger Management

    Going ballistic might never have felt better for some, but it also
    might have never felt worse. Putting on an angry face and venting is
    not ”acting” enough to convey emotions of an extreme caliber like that.
    If you’re willing to cut the movie some slack on that, you might have
    more to be entertained with, but the overall notion of low quality
    acting, will not help its cause.

    Especially when trying to be complex, while keeping it simple. The
    stunts are pretty decent for a low budget movie, but it seems to go
    nowhere. The ending will just enhance that dreadful feeling you already
    had. And not in a good way either. Maybe the filmmakers can come up
    with something good in the future, this right here, will not cut it for
    most people

  • Adam_West_as_BatdanMarch 22, 2016Reply

    How much of the budget went to get all those raving reviews for the poster?

    The poster is riddled with comments from supposedly professional
    reviewers raving about how amazing this movie was.

    But don’t be fooled by them cause they clearly were under the influence
    (of money most likely) when they wrote those.

    Don’t get me wrong, there is some talent behind the cinematography of
    the movie, for such a low budget movie it looks pretty good.

    But the script is horrendous, it tries so hard to be artsie, abstract
    and distant (probably to hide the fact that the plot doesn’t make any
    sense) that it’s borderline impossible to follow at times.

    And no the movie is not too complex for me or anything it has nothing
    to do with that, the characters and script simply does not follow any
    kind of logic.

    There’s not really all that much more to say really.

  • Ryan FullerJanuary 8, 2017Reply

    Cinematography is excellent, but doesn’t make up for the amateur script and directing.

    Didn’t research the director and haven’t seen any of his other films,
    but I bet he did a lot of music videos because this is what this film
    feels like. A series of montages between scenes with nonsense dialogue
    that barely move the thin story along to an almost comedic ending. I
    wish I had seen this at a festival, because it feels like the disc has
    scenes chopped out of it at random by the distributor. There are holes
    in what is already a weak plot and no motivation for character choices.
    The acting is laughable, but feels like if the actors actually had
    something to work with in terms of a script they might have done
    better. Cinematography is excellent, but doesn’t make up for the
    amateur script and directing.

    This film is all surface and no substance. No emotion. Just a pretty
    empty shell. Blu Ray has great packaging too, but as they say… you
    can polish a turd, but it’s still a turd.

  • shawnblackmanJanuary 23, 2017Reply

    Misguided Mess

    A man takes care of his wife who was injured in a shooting losing the
    use of her legs. When he’s not doing that he is The Demolisher. Dressed
    up in an outfit ripped out of The Exterminator and Rampage he goes
    around bashing heads.

    This could have been an awesome grindhouse type but it just didn’t know
    what to do. The pivotal plot point was when his necklace got found at a
    theater and she keeps it. He then spends the rest of the film tracking
    her down, killing whoever gets in the way. This is the part that rips
    from Terminator.

    I didn’t really mind that nothing was original and the story was awful.
    I did mind when the Demolisher was doing some acting. This guy is the
    poster boy for anger. He is always shown expressing anger. If he was
    the Hulk he would never be in human form. If you want a good laugh you
    should watch this but if you’re after a decent flick don’t look here.

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