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The Dark Avengers (2005)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  2003 (USA)
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Two years ago Bryan Yuen Sage left one life and entered another, a life among criminals, hunting them and destroying them. It's almost as if fate chose him, and the last thing that he would ever want, if for this fate to choose another.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Remy St. Paul ...
Kevin Matthew Smith
Richard Fort ...
Hyde
Brandon Rawlins ...
The Man
Brad Fincher ...
Officer Martinez
Yadira Maldonado ...
Emma
Matt Rollins ...
Patrick McGap
Thomas Ellison ...
Nico Spinetti
Paul Myrick ...
Kyrick
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Bethany Day ...
Alexis
Zach Barnett ...
Elliot Morris / Stalker #1 / Motorcycle Thug
Mario Caligiuri ...
Stalker #2
Janesse Stewart ...
Movie Star
Kal Carter ...
Preppy Thug
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Storyline

Bryan Yuen Sage has spent the last two years of his life among criminals as a vigilante that has become something of an urban legend. While fearing he's on his last bit of humanity, his former best friend, Kevin Matthew Smith, experiences a similar tragedy - the murder of a significant other. Soon Kevin is on the same dark path as his friend, who he believed dead. Written by anonymous

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What if superheroes were real?

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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2003 (USA)  »

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The Dark Avengers: One-Shot  »

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$10,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film began production in the summer of 2003 with a different story, one that would work as a prequel to what the final film became, which explores the "Bryan Sage" characters origin. Production halted early in 2004 and resumed with a different storyline in the summer of 2004. Bryan Sage's flashbacks in the final film were taken from footage shot for the original version. See more »

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Bryan Yuen Sage: The city never sleeps. Ha, I love that phrase... and it's true. But only because I woke it up...
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits include a reference to Bernhard Goetz, famous as "The Subway Vigilante" in New York City for shooting his muggers on a subway in 1985. See more »

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Remade as The Avenged (2014) See more »

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An Undiscovered Gem
8 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I attended a showing of this film in Dallas in 2005 rather randomly, based on a flyer I'd seen passed around. I had nothing to do, and it looked interesting, so I figured I'd attend.

I didn't know that I was in for a treat. The small venue was packed, all of the seats full with many people actually STANDING as well. Apparently the filmmakers promoted this film very very well.

There were technical difficulties, but marginal, not too distracting and actor Brandon Slagle amused us all with jokes and wry commentary over the soundsystem when that happened.

Now, to the film...

It follows the story of an urban vigilante named Bryan Sage (portrayed by Brandon Slagle). After the murder of a girlfriend he cut himself off from the rest of the world and with the help of a CSI, began waging a war against the city's criminal element. A couple of years after he disappeared to do this, a friend of his, Kevin Matthew Smith (Jeremy Johnson - who co-directed with brandon) winds up encountering a similar fate and beings heading down the same dark path as his old friend.

A criminal network dealing with underground pornography had a part to play in Kevin's origin...it's a little vague but apparently Kevin's pregnant wife had once worked for them and blackmailed them to get out, hence their revenge on her and the creation of Kevin as a vigilante.

Kevin and Bryan's paths soon cross. Bryan is intent on steering Kevin clear of the same fate as him. Eventually, however, even though he redeems himself, he fails in steering Kevin clear of the same fate. BY the end of the film, Bryan has returned to a normal life and Kevin has become essentially a zombie-like crimefighter.

I was very impressed by the film and had no idea I'd be in for such a treat. The music was VERY well done, the pacing and storyline, although not completely original and drawing on many past revenge films and comic books, still felt amazingly fresh. The action scenes and brief CGI were very well done. Basically, everything was handled in a very realistic way, and parts of the film were actually quite heartbreaking to watch.

Brandon Slagle, as the film's co-lead, possesses a certain subtle style and brings real humanity and vulnerability to a character that most would have played stoic and icy. I could easily see this guy going somewhere fast. The rest of the main cast holds up well, too. Jeremy is great as a lost, internalized man and the 2 lead villains are sick fun.

I hope to see this released elsewhere.


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