I’m Not Down With Revenge

So vengeance is a movie thing. I know this. But I’m not down with it. It seems like so many films in the last few years center on vengeance. And not the — and justice for all, kind. The bloody, over-the-top macho, super-human, insane kind.

I’m not talking about Princess Bride, The Professional, Memento, or Ben Hur.  Yes, I know those were also vengeance films, but they had much more to them than just watching people die. You can debate that if you want, but I don’t think they’re on the same level as the films I am referencing.

Taken, The Man From Nowhere, Kill Bill 1 and 2, The Boondock Saints, Old Boy. These are just the ones I could stand to watch. I know there are plenty of more recent examples in the vigilante/revenge genre. Dexter, Kick-Ass, The Brave One, Munich, Watchmen, the list goes on.

Granted, revenge has been a theme since the dawn of cinema. But this current incarnation, frankly, it’s gross. And what bothers me the most is the iota of story, the motivation for the revenge, which can often be interesting enough to some people to sway them into sitting through 2 hours of extreme bloodshed.

Once again, TV Tropes hits it right. “Roaring Rampage of Revenge” is defined as different “from the standard Revenge plot in that our hero dispenses with the Machiavellian plotting that would define a classic revenge tale and goes straight to spilling bad blood, either in a single, violent Unstoppable Rage or Tranquil Fury-fueled rampage on the bad guy’s home base, or a more methodical “working one’s way up the food chain” from lesser foes to the bigger fish. “

Don’t try and tell me that Batman or Superman were vigilantes. Just don’t. Instead, tell me why so many of these films use a young girl to justify the reason for the vigilantism/revenge but the rest of the film is horrifically misogynistic. And what is with these super-human killing machines?

Do you remember the scene in The Fifth Element when Korben is being recruited and the guy from Blade Runner says “You are expert in the use of all major weapons & space craft needed for this mission” and a huge list unfolds to the floor? Yeah, me too. So why does revenge always find those kinds of guys? The ones who know just how to kill the right people in a creative enough way that when they get to the big fish they’re still killing with their right brain. Wouldn’t want to bore the viewer, seeing him kill people in the same way every time. The ones who know just how to kill the right people in a creative enough way that when they get to the big fish they’re still killing with their right brain. Wouldn’t want to bore the viewer, seeing him kill people in the same way every time. Let’s invent new ways to kill people which, in more civil times, would get us locked up for depraved insanity. But now, will just look good our their portfolio for that mass-murder summer internship.

Also, I don’t care that the people in these films are killing bad guys instead of cops. A world of black and grey morality doesn’t make it okay.

(P.S. I made this, just for this post because I couldn’t find the video. Revenge!)

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