Vendetta – A Review By Drew McIntyre
If the world was fair then at this moment there would be a queue of film critics standing silently with their heads bowed waiting to say sorry in person to Danny Dyer. The critics have in the past given Dyer’s performances no quarter and have taken great delight in ridiculing both the man and his films. Well guys this time Dyer has come up with something a bit special. His performance is excellent, the film moved up a gear each time he appeared on screen. This is not to say for one second that Dyer is carrying this film single handedly, far from it. The supporting cast are to a man (and a woman ) on top form and there is n’t a bad performance from anyone. Trust me , I would say so if there were.
What has happened with Vendetta is that producer Jonathan Sothcott has found the right ingredients and together with director, writer & editor Stephen Reynolds they have come up with a gem of a British drama / thriller.
Dyer is convincing as Jimmy Vickers an special forces soldier who has gone AWOL and returned from Afghanistan to revenge the horrific murder of his parents by a gang which includes the equally convincing and excellent Josef Altin as Rob . Vickers fights fire with fire and it’s a violent eye for an eye revenge. It’s not nice at times, the violence is not hidden away but you will have watched worse on television . You can and will make up your own mind as to whether the violent scenes were really required. I believe that in this case it would have been difficult to leave them out or water them down and still keep the film honest.
Do I have a criticism ? Yes, maybe there was just one revenge murder too many and Reynolds could perhaps have doubled two of them up and saved a bit of time. That does n’t detract at all from this solid piece of work .
On the other hand I was impressed by director of photgraphy Haider Zafar’s use of London as almost another member of the cast. The night scenes with the bright London lights added much to the atmosphere and director Reynolds keep the whole thing moving along at a good pace which sustains the viewers interest.
This is a modern British thriller and stands comparison easily with the other good UK based thrillers of 2013 such as Welcome to the Punch and Hummingbird.
Richwater films have given us something worthwhile here. I hope that the critics will give it their blessing and if they don’t well just do what you should do anyway and go see it and make up your mind.
3.7 / 5