I must say after seeing the trailer for Coralie Fargeat’s Revenge I was expecting something quite brutal but not something quite so beautiful.
Never in recent memory has a film with such dark subject matter as rape and murder been shot so gorgeously.
Matilda Lutz’s Jen is the mistress of a wealthy man who is brought along to his annual huunting get away with two other friends. After Jen doesn’t quite fit anymore, she sets off on a one woman revenge mission to right the wrongs against her.
Make no mistake this is no Sarah Connor ripoff, as Jen is portrayed as vulnerable, yet strong and resourceful against extreme adversity.
Although ‘Revenge’ goes to dark places, everything that occurs is played to a very twisted logic and is thus quite believable, given the circumstances.
Lutz’s performance is really something else; she effectively goes from being the hunted to the steely eyed hunter. This is best portrayed with flips of scenes and some truly bloody, yet beautiful cinematography.
Much in the same vein as the excellent Hounds Of Love there’s almost a fist pump element when you feel like Jen could take out one of the men. There’s moments of tension and tonnes of blood, with possibly the most blood soaked finale in recent memory.
‘Revenge’ is visceral, yet beautiful and you just can’t take your eyes off it; a horror film with true style.