"Vengeance (2009)" Review

Synopsis: Today, Costello (French music and film icon Johnny Hallyday) is a skilled chef. Twenty years ago, he was a cold-blooded killer working for the mob. But when a horrific tragedy befalls the family of his daughter (Sylvie Testud), Costello returns to his old ways. Journeying from France to Hong Kong, our culinary hero prepares to serve up revenge on a host of bad guys in this bloody tale.

Review: When I first saw the cover of this DVD all I could think of is the cult classic "Oldboy" and in a small way it does with the whole revenge plot, but does go a different way when it comes to the story. Instead of it being a more straight forward action revenge film like I would of thought it was going to be you actually get a modern western set in modern Hong Kong. This film does not waste anytime getting into the story and quickly starts Costello's journey for revenge on the ones who killed his family. The plot does go through it's own fair share of twists and turns, but not in a way that will confuse the watcher by any means. The part of the film that really helped me to draw myself into it was when Costello meets up with this group of 3 assassins and hires them to help him get his revenge. Now as far as my favorite scene of this film I would have to go with this one where the 4 guys have an amazing shootout with the 3 people who killed Costello's family, it is seriously awesome! One last thing that I will say about the story is that it seems like the director got a little inspiration from the film Momento when it comes to the Costello character. Now on to the cast, for the most part the cast in here is awesome and and deliver their performances spot on. I really loved the 4 main cast member which I consider to be Costello and the 3 assassins because each one of them do show many sides of their personality and honestly become very likable. Overall this is an amazing film with plenty of style as well as a strong cast and plot and is well paced at the same time to make this one of the best films of this kind that I have seen in a long time.

-Daniel Damnation

Director: Johnnie To
Genre: Action/Drama
DVD Release Year: 2010
Theatrical Release Year: 2009
Time Length: 109 mins.
Company: IFC Films