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  1. Julie Glover
    January 27, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

    I could even look away from the trailer, Alica. Looks powerful.

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    • Julie Glover
      January 27, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

      This is why I should proofread even my comments. I COULDN’T look away from the trailer. 🙂

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      January 27, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

      LOL- I always make mistakes like that- I’m so glad to now I’m not the only one! It is powerful and intense I recommend having a pillow or something to hide behind as you watch it.

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  2. Patricia Yager Delagrange
    January 27, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

    It looks just as good as that Kevin Bacon movie where he gets revenge for some thugs killing his son at the local 7/11. At the end of that movie, you have seen so much violence it’s almost unbelievable. And the result for the viewer as well as Kevin Bacon is that Kevin has become just as much of a thug as the thugs that killed his son.
    Patti

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      January 28, 2012 @ 3:38 am

      Yes- it does have that theme, our hero is more then dark, he’s bloody and broken by the end. It’s a very well done movie- but wow is it hard to watch.
      Thanks Patti!

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  3. Catie Rhodes
    January 27, 2012 @ 5:03 pm

    This looks really interesting. The guitar tune–perhaps house of the rising sun–appealed to me, too.

    Revenge movies interest me. And your comments about this one made me realize why. You mentioned a taint left of the protagonist’s soul. I think when someone goes out for this kind of revenge, they feel they have lost the part of themselves that separates them from the villain. They have, in essence become the villain, and that it’s the villain’s worst nightmare. What is interesting–and satisfying–to see is the villain getting a taste of his own medicine.

    As for the aftermath…is there one? Of course, in Kill Bill, we see Uma Thurman crying in a nasty motel bathroom. But in other movies like I Spit on Your Grave, it just ends. I did wonder what happened to the protagonist of that one. If you’ve lost enough of your humanity, do you ever go back to your regular life?

    Good, thought provoking post. 😀

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      January 28, 2012 @ 3:36 am

      Thanks Catie- I think you’d like this movie, it’s very raw and gritty and the serial killer- they gave me the shivers. We do see our hero at the end so we get some aftermath- I won;t spoil it in case you do get a chance to watch it.
      While I never felt sorry for the bad guy I did have to wonder how far the hero was going to take things- the answer pretty damn far!
      Remember subtitles, not dubbing it can ruin a good movie.

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  4. August McLaughlin
    January 27, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

    Sounds gripping and powerful, Alica. I love films that hit up tough, even dark, issues…especially when the good guys win!

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      January 28, 2012 @ 3:33 am

      He wins, but is he still the good guy when he does? It’s a great movie- I hope you get a chance to rent it- just make sure to do the subtitles bad dubbing would ruin this movie.

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  5. Rhonda Hopkins
    January 27, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

    Interesting post, Alica. And no you’re not alone. I often want to shout at the screen that the bad dude should suffer more. But then there’s that “taint” on the soul you talked about. So, how much is too much? When do we become the evil that we were fighting?

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      January 28, 2012 @ 3:32 am

      It’s true, when do you stop being the good guy? This is a tough movie to watch but amazingly well done.

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  6. Bill Jones, Jr.
    January 28, 2012 @ 12:32 am

    I think I should save this one for when I’m in a bad mood. Maybe after driving in DC traffic, or after dealing with the moron in the next office who whistles all day.

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      January 28, 2012 @ 3:39 am

      LOL- yes go into this movie ready for violence and the bad guy suffering, because he suffers a lot, and yet from the hero’s POV not enough. Really, it’s a good movie. I hope you get a chance to watch it.

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  7. Marcy Kennedy
    January 29, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

    I can’t handle a lot of graphic violence, so I think this movie would be too much for me.

    What you said about “the revenge began to leave a sour taste in my mouth and I wondered if it was worth it” was a really good point. Even if we’re justified in taking revenge, even if the person really does deserve to be punished, I think it does damage us to hurt someone else. It closes that gap a little between us and them, which is the exact opposite of what we want.

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      January 30, 2012 @ 2:16 am

      Thank you Marcy- I agree it’s so easy to allow our bitterness and anger turn us into what we are working against.

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