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Measure of Revenge

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Dull, lifeless tale of bloody vengeance-seeking.

Movie NR 2022 92 minutes
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This flat, lifeless thriller could have been worthwhile if it had actually used its theatrical themes to add some twisty layers or if its exploration of the concept of revenge hadn't been so generic. Measure of Revenge is so bad that not even Oscar winner Leo can make Lillian seem like an actual working actor. With so many plum roles on her resume, you'd think Lillian would be a little more savvy, like All About Eve's Margo Channing, but she comes across as skittish and naïve. The movie occasionally slips in "ghosts" of Lillian's past characters to offer her advice, but these moments seem almost random, as not all of the lines or characters are identifiable, and some of them are certainly not from classic plays.

If the movie had used Lillian's theatrical knowledge to find and punish the culprits, Measure of Revenge might have been fun, but instead it's a dead serious, by-the-numbers account. Lillian believes that she has the right to kill everyone who killed her son, and there are no gray areas; the movie seems to believe that, too. It's likewise somewhat clueless about the way the world works, and depictions of the music business, the photography business, and the theater business all feel awkward and inauthentic. All of this adds up to a movie that lacks all nuance, as well as a driving force. It's dull and inert and -- strangely -- it lacks a screenwriter credit. Perhaps whoever wrote it took "measure" of the situation and jumped ship.

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