Vendetta (2015) Review

A detective pushed beyond his limits will stop at nothing for vengeance. When his wife is killed by a criminal that he put away, Mason, a hard-nosed detective, deliberately gets arrested in order to get revenge. While inside, Mason discovers a new criminal enterprise that those behind it would kill to protect.

Vendetta is the latest release from WWE Studios which was created in 2002 to develop and produce feature film properties for its wrestlers and personnel. This is the second WWE film directed by The Soska Sisters (the first being See No Evil 2), and it lives up to their reputation of embracing all things twisted and bloody.

Our hero Mason Danvers (Dean Cain) is a Chicago cop intent on putting away bad guy Victor Abbot (Paul Wight). Once caught, a witness goes ‘missing’ and Abbot is released from prison only to show up at Danvers’ home, where he brutally beats Mason’s wife (Kyra Zagorsky) to death. Now, when I say brutally, I mean brutally. Although the majority of the blows he thunders down upon Mason’s wife are seen with her off camera, the force, combined with the sheer size of Wight’s fists make for a very intense and bloodthirsty scene.

Justifiably upset by the murder of his wife, Mason goes after Victor’s brother Griffin and disposes of him quickly. This of course lands Mason in prison (the script skips the minor inconveniences of a trial) with non other than the man who killed his wife, and Mason is intent on exacting his revenge.

The action scenes, which are mainly prison fights, are all well executed and quite hard core. Most involved homemade jail style weapons like sharpened pens and shivs and I can only imagine that the special effects budget on this movie was spent primarily on blood, because it pours like water in almost every brawl. Dean Cain as Mason is a character that I have never seen him play before. Sure, he has played jerks (Out of Time) but we are so used to him being the good guy, this really is a 180 for him and it adds to the pain he shows as a good man whose life has been destroyed. He is intense and show no hesitation or remorse when it comes to killing any prisoner who stands in his way of his ultimate goal of killing Victor Abbot.  Paul ‘The Big Show’ Wight is a huge presence both on and off the screen. At a towering 7 feet and 425lbs, he makes every other actor in the scene seem tiny, which only helps to create an even more menacing character.

Overall what Vendetta lacks in story, it makes up for in direction, non-stop action and top performances of its cast.

so out of a possible five stars Vendetta gains:

✪✪✪

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