Whoa. I was deftly surprised with the fight sequences. They were undoubtedly the moments that made everything stand out. If there’s one thing I know for certain, I wouldn’t wanna be cooped up in HMP (Horrible Motherfuckin’ Pisshole) Belmarsh.
Avengement (2019) is directed by Jesse V. Johnson, produced by Compound B, and distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films.
It stars Scott Adkins, Craig Fairbrass, and Nick Moran as the main cast. As well as Thomas Turgoose and Kierston Wareing.
The film is about an ordinary brother of an organized crime family who eschews his guards while on a prison sentence.
After he escapes, he comes back to his familiar stomping ground to deal out vengeance on the people that forced him to become a cold, heartless murderer and fighting savage.
At first I though this movie was just gonna be another average, run-of-the-mill revenge flick like so many others that don’t contain organized and well-developed structure to the story; as well as ugly, choppy, fight choreography that gives my head migraines.
This turned out to be completely different from that fortunately.
The first interesting thing that I noticed off the get go was that the plot wasn’t layed out linearly from start to finish.
In a clever and original way, the producers established the setting in one main area and used flashbacks to give necessary backstory and elaborate exposition, then transition back to the primary environment the characters were currently in.
It continued this back and forth vacillation process in such a refreshing style I couldn’t help but stay focused and intrigued with how the story was developing.
Cain Burgess, the main character of the film, was created and progressed very well in my opinion.
Being sent to a highly dangerous and threatening prison institution where there were mass criminals such as rapists and murderers all around, the incredibly dramatic transition he went through over several months in having to defend himself from oncoming deadly attacks, was extremely impressive.
Seeing how he had to sharpen both his mind and body for self-preservation, I became highly invested in this character and was continually stirred with the way the director and producers made him believable and honest in his actions.
On a different side note, it was interestingly curious to me as to why the production team named him Cain.
As I contemplated more of it, I excitingly noticed a similarity with the life of this character and the biblical archetype in the book of Genesis.
To not spoil too much of the story, it becomes very by the middle act why the man who was sent to prison is seeking out vengeance against the people responsible for him being jailed.
Burgess isn’t completely copied off of Cain from the first book of the bible to the tee, but there are striking similarities by the ending and climax that can make one ponder thoughtfully.
Jesse Johnson handled the direction of this movie with staggering amazement.
The fight choreography was some of the coolest and brutal melee combat I’ve ever seen.
Not only are those scenes handled smoothly and effectively, they do an excellent job of building anticipation and looming threat, as there’s always multiple opponents ganging up on one man.
The plot was packed with so many scenes of men being thrown around and knocked unconscious that it kind of reminded me of Bruce Lee dealing the same kind of damage.
The writing also was very hilarious.
There were plenty of times where I chuckled from the characters throwing each other insults in a British tone.
It’s not up there with the direction though as it could have been improved upon by not just sticking to trying to be satiric with belittlement and ad hominems.
Some more development could have been established with the other characters if there was more opportunity for them to deliver lines that explained their reason for being in the story.
Initial Warning, there are some parts in the fight sequences that are extremely graphic and vicious.
When they happened, I legitimately had to pause the movie for a while and take a breather to assess what just occurred.
With that said, once you get past those couple of barbaric moments it actually gets watchable in a fun way.
The harsh and cold-blooded combat that the main characters had to endure provided lots of wicked imagery to be encapsulated in.
They seriously looked ruthless and unfeeling to the eye.
Scott Adkins captured practically most of the film with his stunning performance.
Most of the credits definitely should go to him as he made the movie appear visually outstanding as a whole.
Craig Fairbrass and Nick Moran also performed well as supporting cast members. Thomas Turgoose and Kierston Wareing were both super hilarious portraying their roles.
Wareing specifically did a great, comical job at being the nagging bartender behind the counter who constantly busted the balls of Adkins while he was dealing out revenge to his targets in a threatening manner.
Turgoose additionally was funnily entertaining when he tried to act tough with Adkins but failed miserably.
His character honestly made me laugh instantly when I saw how he looked-dopey-eyed and goofy.
It was a restoring relief from the fighting and action playing out to see him jump in and change the mood automatically to stupidly amusing.
I definitely recommend watching this action, crime thriller.
It’s a good way to pass the time with a short 90 minute fight flick where most of it is invigorating action taking place.
Avengement blew me away with the gripping movement and motion of the actors battling in intense and claustrophobic spaces.
Don’t come into it expecting flawless writing however as that’s not the main ingredient being utilized to make this film exhilarating.
The script merely adds to the visuals and exposition as a whole to give it some improved flavor before the real fun happens.
If you’re okay with that, then knock yourself out with this engaging showpiece (not literally).
FP Score – Noteworthy