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Vendetta

Vendetta

Get Ready for Hell in a CellJun. 12, 2015 USA90 Min.R
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9.1 1,130 votes

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Jen Soska
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Synopsis

A hard-nosed detective deliberately commits a crime to get thrown in prison, allowing him the chance to seek vengeance on a criminal serving a life sentence for brutally murdering his wife.

Vendetta
Vendetta
Original titleVendetta
IMDb Rating4.8 2,059 votes
TMDb Rating5.9 29 votes

(16) comments

  • cheyennewightJune 12, 2015Reply

    Great prison movie!!!!

    This was a great movie by the WWE!!! I wasn’t expecting much it was
    quite a surprise. I would recommend this movie to anyone that likes
    prison based movies. The Big Show did an excellent job portraying a bad
    guy. Dean Cain is always a good actor. Thank you guys for not letting
    me down. Dean Cain character went to the extreme to exact his revenge
    by going to prison to get it. When I first seen the front cover for the
    movie I thought Big Show was gonna be the good guy, but I was wrong.
    Can’ t wanted t for my boyfriend to watch it. It is most definitely
    worth buying. There was plenty of action, and it kept me watching and
    waiting what to happen next.

  • quincytheodoreJune 13, 2015Reply

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

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  • Robert W. ([email protected])June 16, 2015Reply

    This one might surprise you…

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  • Mr_crowley81June 24, 2015Reply

    Do yourself a Favour and avoid it

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  • Hassaan KhanJuly 6, 2015Reply

    Awful Awful Awful

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  • Tony Heck ([email protected])July 13, 2015Reply

    There’s not really any twists or anything but when you watch a movie like this you pretty much know what your are getting into.

    ”This is my house, the only thing that badge will get you in here is a
    slit throat.” Mason (Cain) is a cop at the top of his game. After
    finally tracking down and arresting Victor Abbott (Wight) he moves on
    to the next criminal. When there turns out to not be enough evidence to
    hold him Victor is released and wants revenge. The next time Mason
    finds him Victor is standing over his dead wife. Now it is Mason’s turn
    for revenge and after deliberately getting arrested he has Victor right
    where he wants him. This is a movie that is pretty much exactly what
    you would expect. The movie is really a B-rate action movie that plays
    off every cliché in the book. All that said the movie is pretty
    entertaining and is watchable. There are not really any twists or
    anything that isn’t unexpected but again, when you go to watch a movie
    like this you pretty much know what your are getting into. Overall,
    nothing terrible but if you’ve seen one of these movies you have seen
    them all. I give this a C+.

  • CarlCarlsonJuly 17, 2015Reply

    Pleased

    I’ve not seen any of the WWE Studios films, so I don’t know how much of
    an impact WWE has have on the film and creative license, but, I’m sure
    there is some.

    The casting and acting was great. Dean Cain was really believable.
    Michael Eklund as Warden Snyder really irritated the hell out of me but
    that’s how the warden was supposed to be portrayed, so job well done.

    Some of the dialogue was a little too proper but the fighting scenes
    were well choreographed. The soundtrack was almost non-stop and silence
    would have helped built up tension and or shock in some of the scenes.

    It wasn’t a perfect flick which, IMO, would have been too boring and
    forgettable, maybe even cliché, but, gave it a modern day ”grind house”
    feel to the picture.

    I would really like to see The Soska Twins do a b/w film noir piece.

  • kuuk3July 25, 2015Reply

    Surprisingly good

    The story was formulaic and we have seen it all before. But Dean Cain
    and Big Show give outstanding performances both. The violence is
    graphic and at one point Dean was showing that he had the chops to play
    Batman in another life!

    This film does not shy away from the blood and violence. There is very
    little bad language in it though, if any.

    One has to suspend belief a lot though. How Big Show’s character can do
    what he does and how the number of murders goes unnoticed, got stupid.
    When people are being killed who are not even inmates, the rest of the
    police should have been investigating. Why a cop was put in general
    population is another mystery.

    My score of 7 is probably higher than the story deserves, but Dean
    Cain’s performance earns it an extra two points and made this a very
    enjoyable watch.

  • minumeroAugust 31, 2015Reply

    If you like WWE you will like this.

    I haven’t watched pro/fake wrestling since I was a child, so this movie
    was blah at best. It was completely unbelievable in almost every
    aspect.

    I must say that Dean Cain actually did a good job acting though. Too
    bad there was nothing else worthy. This review requires no spoiler
    alert because you already know everything that is going to happen :]

    If you like to make a drinking game out of scrutinizing movies for
    their errors, make sure you have plenty to drink! But watch out because
    there are actually some very gory scenes for a B action movie.

    I did give it a 5 because it was kind of entertaining – I didn’t feel
    the need to stop watching. To sum it up… If you really like WWE you
    will really like this. You’ll probably like it if your IQ is below 100
    as well.

  • Adam_West_as_BatdanSeptember 24, 2015Reply

    Far from great but you get what you expect

    A low budget action b-movie extravaganza, nothing more and nothing less
    and it doesn’t pretend like it’s something more either so it works if
    you’re in the right mind-frame and don’t expect more than that.

    All I wanted to see was Dean Cain as the good guy going vigilante-style
    and kicking some bad guys asses, and that’s exactly what I got.

    Could it have done without one or two twists? Yeah, could it have been
    a little tighter edited? Yeah, that too but overall a fairly
    entertaining movie.

    I’m not a wrestling fan so I have no idea who ‘The Big Show’ is but he
    was better than you’re average wrestler turned actor, at least in the
    role he was playing which was just a big bully bad-ass with a bad
    attitude.

    I don’t think he’ll ever become as versatile as say ‘The Rock’ but hey,
    as far as this movie goes he did what was asked for, being the menacing
    bad guy.

    It sort of has the feel of an Asylum-movie at some times (the movie
    company not the institution) but if it was an Asylum-movie it would be
    one of the better ones at least.

    Yeah nothing amazing on any level but it served it’s purpose.

  • ArgemalucoSeptember 26, 2015Reply

    Vendetta

    Co-directors Jen and Sylvia Soska making an action film? It definitely
    sounded interesting. This duet of Canadian filmmakers earned fame in
    the horror genre thanks to the twisted aesthetic and sardonic sense of
    humor displayed in films like the excellent American Mary and the
    mediocre, but moderately entertaining See No Evil 2. Therefore, it was
    natural that they decided to expand their horizons venturing into
    different types of stories; and a revenge tale sounded like a good
    option, because it offers wide opportunity for them to exploit their
    affinity for the gore. Besides, under the auspice from World Wrestling
    Entertainment, there won’t be missing any fighters to fill the screen
    with imposing villains. What could go wrong? Unfortunately, many
    things. Practically everything, in fact. To start with, Vendetta
    doesn’t display even a pinch of the rich and distinctive visual style
    which characterizes the Soska sisters. On the opposite, everything
    looks… I don’t know… small and lifeless, from the bland locations
    in the most austere imaginable ”prison” to the fights which integrate
    an important part of the hollow screenplay. The edition also looks
    amateur, hindering the action and diluting even the slightest suspense.
    And let’s not forget the atrocious performances from the whole cast,
    with the exception of Dean Cain. Like many other people, I have a
    ”geek” affection for Cain, whose likable work as Superman/Clark Kent in
    the TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman made him a
    cult figure and the main actor in an uncountable number of ”B” movies.
    He isn’t a great actor, but he isn’t bad either, and his expression of
    rage and determination in Vendetta makes him credible in his role. I
    truly hope the fact that Vendetta was a mere mercenary project for the
    Soska sisters, and that it doesn’t reflect a decline of their talent or
    the dramatic apathy they will display from now on. Hopefully, this was
    just a contractual duty or an economical maneuver to finance their next
    project, which will be essential to determine whether there’s vision
    left in the duet, or if we have to discard them and seek somewhere else
    for the redeemers of the horror and the action genres. Fortunately,
    there are other female candidates, such as Jennifer Kent (The Babadook)
    and Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night), so we can be
    calm. But I wouldn’t like missing the Soska sisters. The co- directors
    of American Mary deserve another chance.

  • chemorNovember 20, 2015Reply

    Two words will tell you how bad this movie is.

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  • alindsay-alJanuary 5, 2016Reply

    An awful cliché film

    I am a fan of wwe so I decided to watch this film but I should have
    known better. The premise sees a cop get arrested on purpose so he can
    get a revenge on an inmate. Dean cain plays the cop and I did not care
    about his character one bit he just didn’t connect to me as a
    protagonist because for the most part he was as bad as the villains in
    this film. None of the other characters were interesting either,
    whether it was the eccentric warden or cains partner or wife. The only
    decent performance is actually by the big show. The wrestler fit the
    role of the villain pretty well and used his physicality to play a
    pretty menacing villain. The story should have been easily executed but
    the story just never gets going or get you emotionally excited. The
    script had some awful dialogue that was just delivered by very wooden
    performances. The style actually had some decent action scenes that
    were hard hitting, also the soundtrack was pretty cool. However, there
    weren’t any really memorable action scenes and some questionable
    editing in the film. Overall this is an awful film that you really
    shouldn’t see.

  • Gino CoxJanuary 16, 2016Reply

    Not convincing, compelling, intriguing, exciting or cathartic

    ”Vendetta” never feels real. It opens with a car ”chase” that looks
    more like a product placement. The police procedures don’t seem
    authentic. The detective’s home looks like something he could never
    afford and the back yard doesn’t seem to belong to the rest of the
    property. A criminal who supposedly is involved in all manner of
    nefarious activities is set free when one key witness disappears. The
    prison looks like an abandoned prison with brand new weights in the
    exercise yard. There is a bright new humidor that sometimes holds
    cigars and sometimes holds something else. Even the fight scenes, which
    are usually strong points in WWE films, aren’t convincing.

    It has a few bright spots, including interesting performances by
    Michael Eklund as the warden and Matthew MacCaull as a guard. The
    cinematography is pretty good with decent lighting and steady shots
    that look like the camera had actually been locked down on a tripod or
    other support mechanism. There are a couple of nicely executed
    time-lapse shots. Make-up effects were convincing.

    Dean Cain has 139 credits on IMDb, but I’ve only seen a few of his
    films. He held his own in dramatic scenes playing opposite Denzel
    Washington in ”Out of Time.” But he was in much better shape then and
    had a convincing role. With a more capable director at the helm, a
    better screenplay and better action choreography, I might believe that
    the 2003 Cain could hold his own in a fight against Paul Wight.

    We’ve seen movies about characters who break into prison one way or
    another to confront an adversary, including ”A Law Abiding Citizen,”
    ”Face/Off” and ”Escape Plan.” For such plots to work, the protagonist
    must have some expectation of eventually escaping or using his
    incarceration as an alibi. Here, the plot makes the protagonist
    unsympathetic and fatalistic.

    The biggest problem with this film lies in the motivation of the
    characters. For the story to work, there needs to be a lot of history
    between the detective and the villain. The villain needs a strong
    motive to target the detective’s family and the attack needs to be
    particularly loathsome. The plot also needs to make sense. Danvers is a
    detective. Abbott is locked up with murderers and other violent
    criminals. Danvers could more easily destroy evidence or persuade a key
    witness to recant testimony to induce one of the inmates to murder
    Abbott. Danvers doesn’t seem driven by extraordinary circumstances.

    None of the motivations, big or small, make much sense. When Danvers
    learns there is an intruder in his home, he races there and calls his
    partner instead of sending uniformed officers. Joel pulls a dramatic
    U-turn and races to the prison to attend to something that could wait
    until morning. Police need a warrant to arrest somebody, unless they
    actually witness them commit a crime. Nobody can simply tell a SWAT
    team to arrest somebody for some crime committed months or years
    previously.

    It’s difficult to make revenge plots sympathetic. The protagonist has
    to have a strong sense of commitment to justice and feel justice has
    been thwarted, but the movie fails to do this. The protagonist is
    unsympathetic and uncommunicative. His plan isn’t clever. He takes a
    blunt force approach, but doesn’t have unique skills. Along the way, he
    engages in confrontations with others who had nothing to do with his
    original motive. We don’t see character development. The movie lacks
    any sort of moral.

    Very little seemed convincing. Nothing seemed original, exciting,
    suspenseful or cathartic.

  • David RoggenkampMarch 22, 2016Reply

    The amount of killings

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  • utility_infielderMarch 25, 2016Reply

    90’s Action Movie + Gore = This

    This movie felt more like a 90’s direct-to-video action movie than most
    actual 90’s direct-to-video action movies. And that isn’t necessarily a
    bad thing.

    Getting it out of the way — this movie is dopey. Very, very dopey. But
    who cares? The action is solid, the score and music is good, the
    villain is creepy and intense, and Dean Cain delivers a solid
    performance as the hero turned anti-hero. Felt like a spiritual sequel
    to ‘Death Warrant’ with Van Damme set in modern day.

    The duo of directors seem to primarily work in the horror genre, and it
    shows. They seemed to shoehorn in a lot of blatant gore that, in many
    places, felt very unnecessary and out of place for the genre. It didn’t
    hurt the film, but just didn’t feel 100% right for the tone. Other than
    that, the film was well directed and looked much ”bigger” than the
    small budget I assume they had.

    Overall, ‘Vendetta’ is a well-done, fun little action flick. Check it
    out.

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