At what point can even the most meek man snap? How far can you push someone before they reach that? And just how far are they willing to go once they reach it? Those are just a few questions that get invoked in the viewer while watching this Sam Peickinpah’s classic. I use the term ‘classic’ liberally here, because it is a classic to me. But it seems to traumatize most.
And to make things more intense, they cast the brilliant Dustin Hoffman as the nerd on the edge.
I realize now just how serious and intense some of these movies on this list are, and I don’t think that was my intent when I started, but that is the thing about revenge. It just kind of sits inside of you, waiting, and strikes when you least expect it.
I know there was a remake last year, but do I even need to tell you which one you need to watch?
It’s a remarkably raw film, but once the pacing switches up in the latter half of the movie, it never stops. And you definitely get a glimpse of just how far they pushed this guy, and how he will not tolerate it. Hell, he even says this. Not for the faint of heart, but very much for the revenge hungry.
The Brave One
This recent Jodie Foster gem came and went to little recognition, but when I finally got around to watching it I was pleasantly surprised at just how far it was willing to go. It is not the pg-13 style movie you would expect from such a big name and big movie company, but once you sit in on it for a few minutes, you realize, this is pretty hardcore.
This movie is basically the closest we have ever come to having a Punisher movie. Dye her hair black and I see Frank Castle.
The story is similar to anyone who knows these kinds of stories. Some bad stuff happens to her. The law won’t help her. So she gets a gun and goes all Charles Bronson on every scumbag she sees.
At times, it can be a little over the top (after she gets the gun, suddenly every bad thing that can happen to everyone happens to her, but now she has a gun, conveniently) but it is really a typically stellar performance from Jodie Foster, showing you what happens when somebody loses everything and just doesn’t give a f*ck anymore.
The first rule in the “how not to get shot” book is “don’t follow your dog if he runs into questionable areas at night”. Duh.
Some revenge movies (Like Colombiana) just don’t sell me on some 120 pound woman destroying whole countries to exact revenge. But Jodie Foster sold me in this tale about one woman pushed too far, and that’s what makes it work.
Munich: An amazing movie, but not on list because a good deal of you have probably alreadty seen it, seeing it is Spielberg and all.
I do not need to mention The Vengeance Trilogy films here because they will be spoken off in depth on here very soon.
The best “revenge” movies ever, hands down.
Faster with the Rock should have sucked, but didn’t. It still has no place on the list if I expect to keep any cred. Wait, pretty sure I don’t have any.
The Kill Bill movies are amazing, but have been talked about to death. These are the movies lesser writers talk about when talking revenge flicks. I only say lesser writers because it is an easy out. After the last list I won’t even attempt to bring up Inglorious Basterds. I know better now.
Unforgiven was pretty much perfect, but saving it for a Western list I am doing soon.
Taken was awesome, but everyone has seen it. Still though, even having seen it so many times, how is it we never get sick of this?
If I have never called you and left this on your answering machine, you can safely assume I don’t love you that much.