Fistful of Vengeance (2022)

Fistful of Vengeance (2022)

2022 R 94 Minutes

Action | Crime | Fantasy

A revenge mission becomes a fight to save the world from an ancient threat when superpowered assassin Kai tracks a killer to Bangkok.

Overall Rating

3 / 10
Verdict: So-So

User Review

  • d_riptide


    3 / 10
    Fistful of Vengeance is supposed to be a campy B-grade sequel to the cancelled WU Assassins series that didn't make it past one season and seeing as I have no knowledge of the show, I thought I’d be severely handicapped going into this.

    Boy, was I wrong. This is Devil’s Third level of embarrassing.

    While I don’t mind its tone being cheesy as hell and the dialogue tongue in cheek, its slapdash execution in how it handed everything else prevented me from truly having fun when I really wanted to. The story is a bizarre mix of cliches and martial arts tropes laced together by inconsistent writing and occasional odd character behavior with a lot of reckless abandon, it fails to make the context of its derivative world-building interesting, said production design display nice backdrops rather than take advantage of the sets they do have and the best way to describe the music that accompanies these is…..white noise. No amount of decent camerawork is going to distract me from you blasting Eminem over the speakers in the middle of a break-in.

    The lack of chemistry between our leads is engrossingly cringe, their characters don’t really amount to anything with pathetically low stakes and every fight scene is stylized to absurdity while being shot like an early 2000’s music video; over-editing that belongs in a blender and obvious choreography that has no momentum or flow. I assume the action was meant to be the main draw here but did McG from Charlies Angels do these?

    Look, I can’t exactly bring it upon myself to completely trash this; it doesn’t promise much beyond what it knows it wants to be and I’m sure someone who watched the show will get some closure with this follow-up. It’s just, when you’re watching something that’s told in an illogical or confusing fashion, an emotional disconnect will immediately come to fruition and this Mortal Kombat/DBZ clone is heavily lacking in coherence and consistency from the word go to where no endless supply of mindless action can easily fix that.