Loved this for the Stoics, the roman advices, the rides, the spanish duo Banderas/Vega, the size and intensity of Urban (not at this level since LOTR and Doom) and the will of a father to see justice done and seek closure. I would have played that video to death. </3. When he adopts the russian mob German Shepherd I was aww!Working out to the max. Entering monk-mode, listening to every sound. John Wick-y/Equalizer-y.
A revenge film built on the bones of old stories, but for some of the plot routine that it doesn't zig, it also has a few distinct details in its emotion and style to zag emotional cliches. Acts of Vengeance has a soul, and the screenplay works as often as it doesn’t in its uneven dispersement of full-bore action. Still, Florentine gives Banderas great coverage during the fisticuff action scenes, and they hit hard.
As a filmmaker, Isaac Florentine is at his best orchestrating kinetic and breathlessly paced martial arts films such as "Ninja: Shadow of a Tear." This collaboration with Antonio Banderas feels like a deliberate attempt to stretch his storytelling muscle, slowing down the pace to explore the dilemma of a lawyer tormented by thoughts of revenge. It's not entirely successful, but worth a watch for DTV action junkies.