Director: Kelly Halihan| Script: Steven Paul Peter Moore Smith Cast: Jocelyn Hudon (Emma), Grace van Dien (Scarlett), Pauline Dyer (Kate), Sean Maguire (Thorn), Alix Villaret (Tatiana), Graham Greene (Bullseye) ea | Time to play: 86 minutes | Year: 2022
Writing B-movies on the ground automatically knocks them over. The budget is usually small, and those who buy a cheap sweater should not play with loose threads. Even if B-movies manage to keep the microphone sound out of the picture for the entire runtime, you still think about it all the time, because the effects, camerawork, and acting take you out of the experience. V for Vendetta makes a valiant effort here and there, resulting in a product that is more capable than birdemic of Fourthbut it has the same absurd fun.
Sisters Kate and Emma are vampires. The first is found worse off than the second, but together they go in search of her third sister mistakenly left for dead, who may develop a vaccine that could put an end to her inadvertent killing. From there, the film manages to build a whole world in a short time, and with a very well designed exposition, which includes the old master, the unreliable companion and the cartoonish final boss who, as usual, blames society in a speech.
V for Vendetta it works with considerable limitations and tries to hide that a bit. The fight scenes are bad. The visuals are still pretty nice, but the acting in particular is too stiff. Emma, played by Jocelyn Hudson, can carry on a reasonable conversation if the script has been read aloud at least once before. But the comic moment or the deepest emotions never come to fruition. Her co-star Scarlett, played by Grace van Dien, is only slightly better. The chemistry between the two isn’t like two sisters with a long history, it’s like the chemistry between two actresses who would rather be somewhere else.
V for Vendetta he ventures into a more emotional scene a few times, only to find out somewhat self-consciously that they don’t work and then quickly moves on to something more interesting. The advantage of this is that the pace stays high. There are even a few gags that work, like a very bloody Emma having a casual conversation with the hotel owner about extra towels. It is at these points that it becomes clear that this is not a scary movie in the least. Aside from three or four extremely bloody, but not overly dramatic scenes, it’s mostly just weird comedy. Very dry phrases like “You slept with my sister. She is a vampire too. Idiot!” do more for laugh muscles than hair-raising.
Among all the coloring exercises, there are hints of inspiration and attacks of attractiveness. It’s not completely predictable; there are quite a few twists that also seem to scare the script itself. Whoever watches the film again, knowing the dual identities of some characters, finds that their actions are completely illogical. But he looks twice, you don’t have to.
Every once in a while there’s a good scene in it. Like a sequence where a fight scene always runs parallel to a sex scene, complete with similar acts. Or a guy who seems pushy to flirt, but then starts talking about his favorite podcasts. As the American proverb says: “Where you stand depends on where you sit.” From the armchair with a pipe and a monocle is a very bad movie. However, from the beanbag with potato chip crumbs to the two-story couch full of friends, it’s a movie that’s pretty good to be pretty bad.
V for Vendetta can be seen in Netflix.