Writer: Christian Sesma, Paul Sloan (Screenplay)
Starring: Jason Mewes, Quinton Rampage Jackson, Paul Sloan, Kevin L Walker, Michael Jai White, Michael Madsen
Plot: The Vigilante Diaries is a high octane action-adventure that follows two black-ops agents (Paul Sloan and Kevin L. Walker) turned crime-fighting vigilantes. Their dangerous adventures take us from the mega-mansions and the underbelly of Los Angeles to far away places like Iraq, Armenia, Russia, and The United Kingdom. All of which are streamed online by film maker Mike Hanover (Jason Mewes). A trio of Asian femme fatales, to ruthless Armenian mobsters, to a pair of deep cover super spies hell bent on throwing the world into chaos.
Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes
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Verdict: Overly Flashy Action Film
Story: Vigilante Diaries starts as we learn about the former soldier known as The Vigilante (Sloan) who has been cleaning up the world with a growing reputation, his only partner is a young man known as The Kid (Walker) with documentary filmmaker Michael Hanover (Mewes) having captured him killing the bother of an Armenian crime boss.
Once The Vigilante gets captured his old team including Wolfman (Jackson) come together to save him and keep Michael safe, but not everything is as it seems as it appears the old enemies have also returned.
Thoughts on Vigilante Diaries
Characters – The Vigilante was once a hero of war, he has turned to the new life where he takes out the problems of the world. Now he finds himself in the middle of a war he started bring his old team back together for one final mission. The team has your generic characters which offer little to the bigger story and by the end you will be left thinking oh well, they were in it. The character I wish we would have seen more from is Barrington but he isn’t in the film enough.
Performances – The acting on a whole isn’t the strongest, we are not getting convinced by any of the connections, Jason Mewes goes well over the top through the film and Michael Jai White is the highlight of the acting.
Story – The story is the weakest part of the film, we have the idea of the Vigilante clashing with a mob, but things go to the extreme as they try to save the ones in danger. The problems start with the time jumps, we are thrown all over the place with this and to make things worse we are left not caring about what happens between each scene of the film.
Action – The action is plenty of gun fire without coming to too much that will be remembered.
Settings – The settings throw us all over the world never letting us settle on just one location for the battles to take place.
Final Thoughts – This is a very clunky action film, the narrative is told messy throughout, the action sequences are fine but difficult to keep up on, while the acting is nothing to write home about either. The film is more interested in making the men look like they can handle guns and the women to be scantily clad and over sexualized.
Overall: Messy action film.