William Duncan seems to have the perfect life, cemented by his loving family. In a tragic turn of events, William’s daughter is murdered in what appears to be an initiation ritual for a young man in a vicious gang. When the grieving father realizes that the courts cannot help him get justice, he takes matters into his own hands.
After the brutal murder of his daughter, a grieving father with a dark past goes on a rampage to avenge her. Vendetta’s plot is reminiscent of the plethora of action movies that have hit the big screen over the years. To make a movie with such a done-to-death story, one would hope the filmmakers would have at least something new to offer, especially as the movie has drawn the likes of Clive Standen, Theo Rossi, Mike Tyson, Thomas Jane and Bruce Willis as part of his cast. Unfortunately, Vendetta makes little to no effort to overcome its lackluster plot, and even the performances of the all-star cast seem to have been affected by the mundane writing.
After Clive Standen’s William Duncan runs amok, the story does, however, have a few surprises in store for viewers, but they are by no means enough to make up for the painfully lazy writing. The writers seemed to have put little to no effort into creating anything original, and seemed to have randomly borrowed elements from a number of action movies. Even the way it was done is not elegant by any means, and getting through even the first half of the movie becomes a tedious affair unless one turns off the brain.
Gaps, inconsistencies, and paper-thin plots abound throughout the film, not to mention one-dimensional characters. Some of the character interactions, intended to be serious, end up being nothing short of comical. The number of close shaves Duncan gets ends up being caused by the sheer incompetence of his rivals rather than the skill and courage of the protagonist.
There are also no brilliant or well-made action sequences that are a saving grace for the film. It seems that the slowness of the writing seems to have weighed down the action of the film as well. Except for an elegant montage in which Duncan tries to sharpen his forgotten skills in his quest for revenge, the rest of the action in Vendetta is as forgettable as his story.
Vendetta finds its place as one of the laziest action movies to come out of Hollywood this year. Uninspired writing, shallow characters, and weak acting, even with a strong cast, lead to a forgettable action flick that seems to be a mish-mash of overused tropes.