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Acts of Vengeance (2017)

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A fast-talking lawyer transforms his body and takes a vow of silence, not to be broken until he finds out who killed his wife and daughter and has his revenge.

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Isaac Florentine

Writer:

Matt Venne
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Cast

Credited cast:
Antonio Banderas ... Frank Valera
Karl Urban ... Strode
Paz Vega ... Alma
Cristina Serafini ... Sue Valera
Atanas Srebrev ... Senior Partner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Ali ... Father
Lillian Blankenship ... Olivia Valera
Elizabeth Brace ... Young Girl
Stacey Clickner Stacey Clickner ... Stage Manager
François Coetzer François Coetzer ... Officer
Owen Davis ... Man #3
Clint Dyer ... Shivers
Keith D. Evans ... Man 2 (as Keith Evans)
Isaac Florentine ... Karate Sensei
Robert Forster ... Chuck
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A fast-talking lawyer transforms his body and takes a vow of silence, not to be broken until he finds out who killed his wife and daughter and has his revenge.

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Payback Speaks Louder Than Words

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Bulgaria | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stoic See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$320,705
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

[Director's cameo]: Isaac Florentine plays Frank Valera's karate instructor. See more »

Goofs

While the film is supposedly set in the US, the freight cars in the rail yard near the warehouse are European, with single-axle bogies, rounded roofs, and buffers at their ends. See more »

Quotes

Frank Valera: Within days after I stopped talking, my sense of hearing had drastically improved. You see? Good things do happen when you shut the fuck up for a minute or two.
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Hyperfast Rag
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Antonio BAnDerASS!
28 October 2017 | by TheTopDawgCriticSee all my reviews

When you mix director/fight choreographer Isaac Florentine of the successful Undisputed & Ninja franchise films, with the amateur/novice writing of Kenpo Karate, Hapkido, Kyokushin, and Shen Chuan disciplined Matt Venne, and cast a non-martial artist well respected B-actor, you create a bad-ass film, starring of course Antonio BAnDerASS!

Yes we've seen these type of films many times over, and going into this one I was prepared for disappointment, but I was wrong. I really did enjoy this film, especially due to the fact that this (bad-ass) role is not in the 57 years-old Antonio Banderas' wheelhouse - and he impressed!

Now I know most wannabe critics are going to dissect this film and slam it with comparables, but let's look at the obvious here; we have an amateur writer who presented a decent piece. Yes, it could have been better and tighter, but it's amateur, and rating the writing as such, it's pretty decent. Now compare this low budget B-grade film to some of the big-budget Hollywood action flicks (John Wick being one of my all time favs), and it's been produced very well.

Let's go one step further and compare it to actual martial arts films with real martial-artists such as Jean Claude van Damme and Steven Seagal (of which lately I cringe when I see any of their films); This films writing, directing, choreography AND acting blows all of those away. Sure the latter are not real actors, but martial- artists, and Banderas is an actor and not a martial artist, but he was more believable and entertaining in this film. Hat's off for his performance and I hope he does more action films like these.

This is by no means a perfect film, and had the writing/screenplay been teamed up with a Hollywood pro, it would have had the makings of another John Wick franchise.

Nevertheless, a very enjoyable film, and rating it on it's merits, I give it an 8.5/10 rounded up to a 9, as I know it will be slammed with undeserving ratings of 1's.

I definitely recommend this film and hope they come out with a part 2. And if anyone is questioning my review as fake, click my username to see my almost 300 reviews and 700 ratings. Then go see this film!


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