A revenge thriller posing as social commentary or is it the other way around? Wilde gives a raw performance but is betrayed by how thin her character is written. The direction is flat and falls too easily into the artsy-indie formula of shooting scenes. The dreary and disaffected tone could have worked had the direction or writing been more engaging. Still, I liked this movie and it deals with an important issue.
4.5 This modern take on rape revenge genre is subdued and desolate against same kind of homage works like "Revenge" from French extremity. Still, instead of sanguineous extravaganza and guilty pleasure, it captures the brutality of domestic violence which transforms a life into misery and strong feminism against it with the help of Olivia Wilde's bruised phisicality and sharp eyes. Very intense debut feature.
Takes 40 minutes of non-dramatized plot developments for the stakes to become personal in an all-to-cliche monologue about Wilde's abuse. Another 20 minutes of repetition for a tonal fluctuation when it goes into chases and thrills. As, A Vigilante denies Wilde sufficient internalizing and the story lacks dramatic depth and is without a character arc. Its one theme? Don't hit your wife. No shit. Ms. 45 this ain't.
It was interesting enough to keep my interest, but the lack of exposition in the first two-thirds, along with long, drawn out sections made a good portion quite a drag. I get that the concept is important, but even the "final countdown" moment with her husband felt abridged and anticlimactic when she did worse to one of her clients' husbands and then two random guys from a bar. Okay, but nothing to scream about.