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Sword of Vengeance

  • Film
  • 2 out of 5 stars
Sword of Vengeance
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Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

Without its gratuitous slo-mo, this gleefully daft medieval hack ’n’ slasher would last somewhere in the region of 15 minutes. Even that runtime would still be a tad long for some – particularly anyone expecting fresh ideas or engaging characters.

It’s the story of a young prince (Stanley Weber) who, after witnessing his father’s death at the hands of a tyrannous king, grows up, gets a Hackney haircut, quaffs a load of protein shakes and swears to wreak bloody vengeance, which he does with the help of a group of suspicious, pelt-wearing townsfolk (one of whom is in ‘Game of Thrones’ a bit).

The script is hammier than the deli aisle at Christmas, but the broadsword-slinging, throat-slicing action sequences, although repetitive, look impressive for a film of this budget. The classic heavily-outnumbered-and-against-the-odds climactic battle in particular is decently brutal, the permanent grey-brown filter adding to a near-tangible funk of bloodied mud. Still, lazy plotting and stereotypical characters make ‘Sword of Vengeance’ little more than sub-‘300’ trash.

Written by David Clack

Release Details

  • Release date:Friday 29 May 2015
  • Duration:87 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Jim Weedon
  • Screenwriter:Julian Unthank
  • Cast:
    • Stanley Weber
    • Edward Akrout
    • Gianni Giardinelli
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