For the Sake of Vicious (2020) Movie Review

For the Sake of Vicious – Blood Soaked Mayhem

Director: Gabriel Carrer, Reese Eveneshen

Writer: Reese Eveneshen (Screenplay)

Starring: Lora Burke, Nick Smyth, James Fler, Colin Paradine, Dorian Allen

Plot: An innocent nurse, a tortured maniac and a suspicious hostage face off against a wave of violent intruders as they descend upon their place of refuge on Halloween night.

Tagline – Nothing Good This Way Comes

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: For the Sake of Vicious starts when nurse Romina (Burke) finishes her shift and returns home to find an intruder, Chris (Smyth) who wants her help to get a confession out of Alan (Paradine), the man he believes raped his daughter.

With the three in a stalemate about what really happened, they find themselves coming under attack by a group of masked violent intruders led by Gerald (Fler) needing to put their differences aside to survive the numbers they are facing.

Thoughts on For the Sake of Vicious

Characters & Performances – Romina is the innocent nurse that has had a hard day at work and just wants a peaceful evening at home. She doesn’t get that, as she is left in the middle of the battle between a broken father and the potential rapist of his daughter, trying to figure out the truth, until she needs to fight back against a bigger group of intruders with the two men by her side, showing her desperate side to survive. Lora Burke is good in this role, she brings the innocent figure in a broken situation to life. Chris is the broken father that believes the rapist of his daughter as got away with it, abducting him to get a confession out of him, wanting Romina to help him, he is a truly broken man that once the violence starts, will do anything to fight back, letting out years of frustration about what happened. Nick Smyth goes through the onslaught of intruders showing us a character that isn’t prepared for fighting and will do anything to make it. Alan is the man who has been accused of the rape and gotten of the charges, he has been captured with Chris wanting a confession, despite the fact be believes he didn’t do it. Tired up during most of the film, once the intruders appear, he knows who has come for them. Colin Paradine does bring the character to life, where he can see him being the rapist and also see how he might not have been the man behind it. Gerald is the silent leader of the intruders, he is here for a reason and he will send his group of intruders in to do the dirty work for him. James Fler does bring the ruthless figure to life, though we could have seen more from the character.

StoryThe story here follows a innocent nurse that finds herself in the middle of an abduction for confession situation, needing to keep this situation calm before the three find themselves fighting off endless amounts of intruders in violent fights. This is a story that can be broken into two parts, first looking at the three way dynamic between the nurse, the broken father and the accused rapist, which will ask questions about what is too far, is there enough proof and is revenge the right thing. This is the interesting story side of the film. When we look at the second half of the film, we are left with a string of violent intruders trying to kill the three, which while entertaining for the action side, leaves many questions on the table, including why they are dumb when it comes to fighting. It is one of the more known problems with large groups of villains, not working together to take down one or tow people. While everything does feel connected by the end, jumping into the pure violent side of the film is a strange pacing decision for a story that was asking some interesting questions.

ThemesFor the Sake of Vicious is an onslaught of violent fights, which seem to give everyone involved more injuries than any normal person can handle. The effects add to make this feel graphic and intense, with the whole film taking place inside one house, using each room for different weapons of choice, from kitchen to bathroom, it never stops to breath once the fighting starts.

Signature Entertainment presents For the Sake of Vicious on DVD & Digital Platforms 19th April

For the Sake of Vicious is one of the most violent onslaught filled movies of the year.

ABC Film Challenge – Action – K – Killerman (2019) Movie Review

Director: Malik Bader

Writer: Malik Bader (Screenplay)

Starring: Liam Hemsworth, Emory Cohen, Diane Guerrero, Zlatko Buric, Suraj Sjarma, Nickola Shreli

Plot: Two friends launder money in NYC. They make a quick drug deal. Things go wrong as dirty cops are involved. One gets amnesia during escape with the drugs and money.

Tagline – Nothing is as it seems
Runtime: 1 Hour 52 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Crime 101

Story: Killerman starts as we meet two money launders Moe (Hemsworth) and Skunk (Cohen) who take a risker job involved drugs, using their connections around New York, they know the risk they would be taking to make this happen.

When the deal happens, it doesn’t go as planned with Moe getting amnesia, with Skunk needing to help keep things together for the pair, as now they need to escape the city, with the drug lord wanting the money, a dirty cop after them and the rest of the cops looking to bring them down.

Thoughts on Killerman

Characters – Moe has been a money laundry for years, he has a smart business which never sees attention come his way, his best friend knows his business and wants to get him involved in a bigger job, one that involves drugs, one that could set them for life, only it goes wrong and he loses his memory, he needs to piece together his life, if he is going to get his life back and escape before it is too late. Skunk is the best friend and partner of Moe, he comes from a family that is involved in the drug dealing side of the city, which gives him a chance to get involved, he wants to impress the family and whatever cost. Lola is the girlfriend of Moe, she has been searching for him and is left wondering what has happened to him. Perico is the man that offers the deal, the chance to impress the family, he isn’t going to let him fail, even if he is family.

PerformancesLiam Hemsworth is at his best in this role, in the past he hasn’t managed the criminal characters well, but here he shows he is ready to step up, Emory Cohen is great as the partner desperate to impress, while Diane Guerrero does seem to get waste for the most part, by not having enough screen time.

StoryThe story here follows two criminals who decide to move out of their comfort zone to get involved in drug deals, only for things to go wrong and them needing to make up for the mistake or escape before it is too late. This does follow the crime story ideas of two people who risking more find themselves dealing with bigger consequences for their actions, while we do get the amnesia side to the problems, it still shows the two men being loyal to each other. We are left with plenty of twists along the way, not knowing who to trust when it comes to completing the deal.

Action/MysteryThe action side of the film shows the brutality that is being caused by the criminals to each other, with the mystery being about who can be trusted.

SettingsThe movie is set in New York, which always works as it shows us just how the criminal world operates in the biggest city in the world.

Scene of the Movie – The kennels.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Lola seems like a wasted on screen character.

Final Thoughts This is a dark crime drama based on a real man, it is filled with brutality not holding back going for violence instead of a steadier story.

Overall: By the Books.