Jen (Matilda Lutz) is an American girl who’s in a secret relationship with a French businessman named Richard (Kevin Janssens). The two fly out to a farmhouse of Richard which is in a secluded place in the middle of a desert, to spend a wonderful weekend together before he goes on a hunting trip with his friends Stan (Vincent Colombe) and Dmitri (Guillaume Bouchède). However, his friends arrive a day earlier and are surprised to see Jen in the house. Both are overtly expressive about their attraction for Jen particularly Stan who leaves no stones unturned in flirting with her. The next day when Richard is out for some official work, Stan confronts Jen about his attraction for her and ends up raping her. Dmitri notices the same but chooses to ignore it.
What will be the result of Jen’s rape by Stan? How will Richard react to it?
Positive Points: –
- The efforts Lutz and Janssens have put into their respective roles.
- The time of release probably, when this #MeToo thing is on a rage.
Negative Points: –
- Revenge is terrible in almost every sense, be it from its planning to its execution. I guess that covers about 90% of the film’s issues.
- You really need to leave your brains out if you want to watch this flick.
- This film is made in a B-movie style and I think the makers could have made it a lot better.
Direction, Script & Other Technicalities: –
As mentioned before, the most disturbing void in the film is that of logic and sense. A hell lot of things happen during its course that the audience can’t help but question whether they are possible and plausible or not. Be it the fact that the girl survived (what was done to her after the rape) with that much loss of blood or even her pursuit of revenge, is appalling to one’s intelligence. Further, as the film proceeds with its central theme, the blatant ignorance of any form of reasoning and rationality renders it more deplorable. Director Coralie Fargeat’s screenplay is outright grotesque. There’s nothing new or special in Revenge be it the characters or the plots or the unnecessary blood and gore. It’s surprising to see such films coming out and being appreciated in the second decade of the 21st century whereas these were rejected well before the 90s.
There’s nothing special in terms of the technicalities though I have mixed views on Robrecht Heyvaert cinematography. The positive sides being a few shots leading to the assaults and during the revenge whereas the negative views are plainly due to the choice of camera angles at times.
Matilda Lutz and Kevin Janssens are the only ones who perform well. Vincent Colombe overacts too frequently whereas Guillaume Bouchède’s portrayal of the dumb and apathetic fat guy fails to impress.
Final Verdict: –
No matter when the film has been made or released and what might be its social and political targets, Revenge is lamentable is all aspects of filmmaking. It’s worst issue is that it just takes itself too seriously and assumes that it’s nothing less than a great piece of art. In my honest opinion, there can be more matured ways of making rape-revenge dramas but it seems like we’d still have to wait long for them.