Parents' Guide to

Vendetta

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Graphic violence, language in terrible action movie.

Movie R 2022 96 minutes
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When the most earnest and compelling performance in a movie is turned in by Sir Mike Tyson, you know you're in trouble. Vendetta, as the name strongly implies, is a revenge movie marred by phoned-in acting, overblown acting, weak character development, and clichés. Perhaps sadly, if you're a fan, Bruce Willis isn't exactly ending his career on a high note. Theo Rossi, as the psychopathic villain, seems to be trying to do an imitation of the "Come out to play-yay!" villain in the classic '70s gang movie The Warriors, only more obnoxious and not as entertaining.

In terms of the main actors, Clive Standen at least shows some range of emotion, from doting father to rage-filled vengeance-getter, even if his accent is inconsistent. His character is also the only one with any kind of development. The villains are just bad, with no sense of why they do what they do, except that they're just cartoonish bad guys like those seen in similar-themed revenge movies from the '70s and '80s. Almost all of this comes across as both rushed and phoned in.

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