My review of "Revenge": gory thrills for the #MeToo era
What Jennifer’s survival of sexual assault unleashes is her innate strength - depicted as borderline supernatural - rather than a kind of strength that so many rape-and-revenge films throughout film history have imagined women can only “grow into” after they’ve endured sexual violence. Oh, and did I mention the gore? Torsos are shot, stabbed, impaled on tree branches and bodies emerge, bloated and decomposed, from river beds. The centrepiece of this Grand Guignol is a self-surgery performed with a hot beer can and a hunting knife while high on peyote, but there is also an absolutely eye-watering scene where we watch a character rummaging around in their foot to remove a chunk of broken glass.
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