X: Night of Vengeance

"OK"

X: Night of Vengeance Review


Like a 1970s-style exploitation movie, this film seems to exist only to showcase tough women in various states of undress being tormented by vile men and then getting even. It's stylishly well-made, but there's nothing more to it.

Holly (Bianca) is a jaded high-class Sydney hooker who's ready to retire to her dream life in Paris. But she has one more three-some to do and, when a friend lets her down, she finds a young girl on the street to take her place. But 17-year-old Shay (Mangan-Lawrence) has only started streetwalking tonight, and when their trick turns into a murder scene, they end up on the run from a vicious thug (Phillips) and a corrupt cop (Docker), with only a nice-guy cabbie (Farren) to turn to for help.

The film oozes low-rent style, as director Hewitt shoots the grubby Kings Cross streets with glossy washes of colour and a vivid sense of both camaraderie and menace. Strangely, the sex scenes are the least interesting elements of the film. But when things start getting scary, we feel the tension even if there's not enough detail in the characters for us to really care about them. This world is so squalid that the few signs of decency almost catch us off guard.

Bianca and Mangan-Lawrence look great on-screen and are believable in fairly implausible roles. Over the course of this long, nasty night, Holly and Shay find it much more difficult than they expected to get out of or into the business, respectively. These are tough women, but in the film they're little more than symbols of degradation. And aside from the taxi driver (get it?), men are all scum.

As a result, the film's cautionary tone feels more than a little corny.

Especially with a few wildly gratuitous sequences featuring full-on nudity (to throw us off the scent, the first naked person on screen is a man). And as the story progresses, and a briefcase of loot makes its appearance, we wonder if the script won't undermine its own moralising by making vice pay. Because they certainly seem to feel that these women deserve anything they can get.



X: Night of Vengeance

Facts and Figures

Run time: 90 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 24th November 2011

Distributed by: IFC

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 69%
Fresh: 11 Rotten: 5

IMDB: 5.7 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Jon Hewitt

Producer: Lizzette Atkins

Starring: as Holly Rowe, Hanna Mangan-Lawrence as Shay Ryan, Wayne Blair as Bob, Peter Docker as Ligurian, Eamon Farren as Harry, Jordan Fielding as Rocky, Burnetta Hampson as Kelly, Natasha Herbert as Mother, Rebecca Irwin as Karlene, Simonne Kranz as Client, Belinda McClory as Katherine, Darren Moss as Giles, Joshua Payne as Stick, Anthony Phelan as Customer, Stephen Phillips as Bennett, Billie Rose Pritchard as Rose, Hazem Shammas as Willie, as Cindy, Rowan Witt as Luke, Toby Zoates as Night Man

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Cars 3 Movie Review

Cars 3 Movie Review

It's been six years since the last Cars movie (there were two Planes movies in...

The Beguiled Movie Review

The Beguiled Movie Review

In her inimitable loose style, Sofia Coppola remakes the 1971 Clint Eastwood movie from a...

War for the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

War for the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

The surprisingly thoughtful prequel trilogy comes to a powerful conclusion with this robust, dramatic thriller,...

It Comes At Night Movie Review

It Comes At Night Movie Review

This sharply original horror film not only approaches its premise from an unexpected angle, but...

Okja Movie Review

Okja Movie Review

As Tilda Swinton reteams with her Snowpiercer director, Korea's Bong Joon Ho, it's perhaps unsurprising...

Spider-Man: Homecoming Movie Review

Spider-Man: Homecoming Movie Review

This may be the third reboot of this franchise in 15 years, risking audience exhaustion,...

Despicable Me 3 Movie Review

Despicable Me 3 Movie Review

Actually the fourth film in the series (don't forget the prequel Minions), this animated super-villain...

Advertisement
Baby Driver Movie Review

Baby Driver Movie Review

Wildly energetic and so cool it hurts, this action movie has been put together in...

All Eyez On Me Movie Review

All Eyez On Me Movie Review

There's a clear sense that this Tupac Shakur biopic is hoping to build on the...

Hampstead Movie Review

Hampstead Movie Review

Deliberately appealing to older audiences, this undemanding comedy-drama comes with a hint of social relevance...

The Book of Henry Movie Review

The Book of Henry Movie Review

Apparently, this offbeat script had been making the rounds in Hollywood for some 20 years...

Transformers: The Last Knight Movie Review

Transformers: The Last Knight Movie Review

With this fifth Transformers movie, it seems clear that Michael Bay is still trying to...

Churchill Movie Review

Churchill Movie Review

This drama about the iconic British prime minister tells a darkly personal story set over...

Gifted Movie Review

Gifted Movie Review

This is one of those films that dances right up to the edge of soapy...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.