On AdamantCocoon's Wall
I find physical retaliation objectionable, whether it is avoidable or not, whether it is justified or not, and movies strongly themed around the perpetuation of violence by violence tend both to reinforce this opinion to myself and, if they're good, and to allow me to empathize with those whose decisions are causing them to enter and repeat this cycle. I suppose I probably have a weakness to this type of film (I watched Black Death yesterday and had a similar, albeit less pronounced reaction), affording them greater significance than they sometimes deserve, but I did feel that Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance did a fine job of satisfying both of these: showing me why I dislike violence among humans (oh, I'm such a good person) and allowing me to feel why these characters could believe they are right in their actions. I also really like the way that the movie doesn't cast any character into the typical villain role (compare this aspect of the movie to Oldboy, if/when you ever see that), instead, everyone is a victim here, true, some are more innocent than others, but no one is not victimized in some way. And even that continuum of innocence is not as clear as it seems given that, regardless of one's culpability within the context of a specific set of circumstances, there are always other circumstances in which that person is guilty, and (perhaps) "deserving" of retribution (Straw Dogs is another movie which explores this). Oh well, happy viewings!