Writer: Julian Unthank, Matthew Read (Screenplay)
Starring: Stanley Weber, Annabelle Wallis, Karel Roden, Ed Skrein, Dave Legeno, Edward Akrout
Plot: Vengeance is the driving force behind a shadow walker’s return to Norman conquered Saxon lands after the Battle of Hastings and a brutal repression of it’s people by a cruel lord.
Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Blood Splattered Action Mess
Story: Sword of Vengeance starts shortly after the Battle of Hastings (1066, if you don’t know your British history) Durant (Roden) has slaughtered the Saxons and strikes fear through the remaining citizens. Shadow Walker (Weber) has a score to settle against Durant, travelling around alone he finds himself working with Saxon warriors led by Anna (Wallis) wife of a former warrior, as the two forces look set for one final showdown for the land of British.
Thoughts on Sword of Vengeance
Characters – Shadow Walker is the mysterious stranger who travels alone for his own quest for vengeance, master of combat he can easily defeat multiple deadly foes at once, he ends up leading a Saxon fight back against the tyrant ruling the land. Anna is the leader of the Saxon group, she lost her husband in the battles and now she unites the other groups as they plan to fight back, she accepts Shadow Walker as their combat leader. Durant is the tyrant ruling the land, his armies have conquered and slaughtered villages, with his power showing just the force he has become, he isn’t afraid to get into the battles himself though.
Performances – When it comes to the combat sequences Stanley Weber does look the part, this works in the film because he doesn’t get left to try any of the emotional scenes, just being emotionless is this guys strong point. Annabelle Wallis is strong also handling the fighting well, but does better with the emotional level of the film. Karel is a basic villain we know he can play this character well and this is no different.
Story – The story follows Britain after the battle of Hastings, new conquerors control the land slaughtering the people and now we follow a lone walker seeking revenge only to find himself in the middle of the battle. This brings us into the idea of the reluctant hero needing to step into a battle for the same reasons he is involved to overcome the tyrant ruling the land. It is nothing new to the genre and can be easily watched without being difficult to watch.
Action – The action is medieval style fighting swords and shields being used for combat.
Settings – The settings leaves us in what could be any woodland area which are used for the fighting.
Special Effects – The effects are used well for the combat injuries which are blood covered.
Final Thoughts – This has plenty of blood, weak story and strong combat sequences.
Overall: Easy to watching, but nothing special