A Vigilante

5.71 h 31 min2019X-RayR
After escaping her dangerous husband, a woman (Olivia Wilde) turns avenger to help victims of domestic abuse in this electrifying, fight-packed action-thriller.
Sarah Daggar-Nickson
Olivia WildeMorgan SpectorKyle Catlett
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Lars KnudsenAndrew D. CorkinRandall EmmettGeorge FurlaAmbyr ChildersAllison Rose Carter
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3.7 out of 5 stars

2240 global ratings

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  2. 17% of reviews have 4 stars
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rcaymReviewed in the United States on September 29, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Keeps your attention to the last second
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Great movie! Olivia Wilde is definitely working at her best in this movie. I kept imagining how hard this role was for anyone to play. It just is very strenuous but to the end, I don't think I moved a muscle - it was just very emotional, very serious and intriguing and expertly played by a great actress.
Talara MastersReviewed in the United States on August 19, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
agonizing slow never picks up
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I had high hopes for this movie to have strength, determination, empowerment, understanding, compassion & support of what Women & even Children are put thru by "Adults" who are NOT TO EVER GET PHYSICAL W/ANY OF THEIR LOVED ONES...!! For WHY IN THE HELL DO WE HAVE SUCH AN ENORMOUS PROBLEMS OF MEN BEATING THE LOVE OUT OF THOSE WHO THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO LOVE IN RETURN??!!!

My hopes was that her vigilante character would reach women & offspring who have lived and/or are living this hellish nightmare & stir in them 1) the courage to not stand a moment longer & rise up to fight back.....2) children of domestic abuse will also see how to become empowered...never allow anyone to lay a hand on you ever again....3)Reach Out to Safe Adults and tell them do NOT suffer in silence. When my husband asked me to marry him...we had a long discussion. 1 of the things I said to him & he had to agree with is..."No matter how mad you ever get w/me....I mean this...DON'T YOU "EVER" GET PHYSICAL WITH ME". During our divorce 4yrs later he grabbed by my arm squeezing down hard enough to cause instant pain when he wanted to stop me from walking away and make me turn around and told to him. Well I turned around alright....I came around with an upper cup & jacked his jaw. His teeth slammed together...he flew about 5ft backwards and slide about another 5 feet on the smooth asphalt. FELT GREAT...PAY BACK FOR ALL THE OTHER TYPES OF ABUSE THAT PARTNERS-PPL DO TO OTHERS!

They tried to pull out all the pain that one feels when recovering from abuse & losing a loved one especially a child...I felt that they went overboard on this. I got to the point when her memories came back that I would fast forward because it was so drawn out. Not hard to get it from the first couple of times so no need to keep the viewer locked into this waiting for the movie to get itself going...get to the main parts that ppl want to see come about.

It was great to see her in action what she decided to do with her life & help others. Of course we love seeing pieces of crap poor excuses of HUman beings taking major beat downs & forced to compensate heir victims...bravo bravo bravo..!! I would have loved to seen more and I absolutely wanted to see more...but was robbed for they only shown around 3 cases of this MAJOR KARMA PAYBACK.

Her ex' whom disappeared after beating her & killing her (their?) son...suddenly shows up knocks her out & abducts her. she awakens bound in a chair with duct tape & a gag. It was hard to watch n listen to her terroristic behavior..physical abuse....BUT...the mistake that SO MANY PRODUCERS/WRITERS MAKE IS...THEY DRAG OUT WAY TOO MUCH THESE SCENES. It was like watching the Rocky movies with Sylvester Stallone. He gets beat on & beat on...goes on forever..and then miraculously while being bloodied looking disfigured...sucking in oxygen as if he isn't going to make it but finally summons some type of great revitalization from the galaxy Gods he makes an uprising to defeat his foe. I stopped the movie when she gets free...has the opportunity to kill him and it gets bumbled up. N ow he's beating on her & really dishing it out....I got fed up...fast forward...it just keeps going w/same scenes....I knew then time to just stop watching...it will not deliver if it hasn't by this time.

Who wants to watch a man absolutely so brutally beats & busts up a woman...we already know what he is...what he can do...why just keep grinding on this...we already got it don't need to see any more of it...give us what we want....more of them getting out smarted & KARMA IS COLLECTING BIG TIME...!!!! So if you are like me...don't like my senses being insulted and thought so little of that they can just keep making these mistakes as if they don't have good enough writers to accomplish golden scenes of good conquering evil...so they make scenes like this drag out hoping it will make up for their cognitive characteristics downfalls. It was too painful to watch any further..but also...everyone is different. So just know what to expect so you can discern if you willing to give up this amount of time for this particular type of movie...and if you are not like this...then you will avoid the frustrations that I & others are antagonistically left with feeling.
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Andy McKinneyReviewed in the United States on September 23, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Olivia Wilde gives the performance of her life thus far in this emotionally wrenching film. Wirter/Director Sarah Daggar-Nickson made this, her first full length feature, and what a film to start with. Wow.
Wilde is the whole film. Most of the run time has her in the frame. And, she has very little dialog. It is all her, acting with an intensity that I have not seen from her before. She has a believable physicality and makes us believe that she is near that line which separated the sane from the insane, but on which side of that line? Her own anguish nearly submerges any satisfaction she might get from helping the helpless. Great acting.
She plays a badly damaged woman but we don't know exactly why until late in the film. She has a connection to a support group for abused women. She herself has suffered in the same way, we realize that early on but don't find out the details until near the end. Like the 'Equalizer,' she takes it upon herself to help women in seriously bad situations. Her code doesn't allow her to kill any of the abusers but she can beat the crap out of them and scare them into letting their victims go. In a clever writing and directing ploy, she uses a variety of disguises, changing hair color and length with wigs, taking hints from youtube on ways to use make up to change her appearance. I thought that was very effective.
I can't say this was pleasant to watch but it is good film making. One thing that director Daggar-Nickson did that needs to be mentioned. In the climatic fight scene, she just skips right to finish. One moment the antagonists confront one another verbally, and in the next one of them breathes his or her last. I don't know what to think about that as a story telling technique. Hummm.
Recomended for film fans. Not fun to watch.
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Lexia VelezReviewed in the United States on December 12, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
She fights the Dresser more
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Really, this was an ok film, not much action tho. Really she throws one punch at a guy and at the end not much of a fight if you can call it that. (Trying not to spoil) She trains and punches a dresser more than anything else. This really really should have been a TV series, it would have worked better. So many companies produce this movie and not one of them could have said hey, she's supposed to be a badass, let's make the final fight a bloody fight! Not one of them? Man Saban you make Power Rangers even that kinda fighting would have been better than the real end fight. The last 20 minutes or so (rounding up here) are only there because the movie would have only been an hour otherwise. She did stupid things and it does not fit her character. Everything is pretty predictable and it ends well, it would have been much better if the stuff happened, she got revenge on him liked it so much that she decides to help others, that would have been the start of a good series. Really, not much else. I can see it lasting a season or two. Some shows have way worst plots than they last years.

It is not slow paces, it is a steady pace. You will feel like you spend an hour watching the film and it really been 1hour 10minutes, not great, just nice enough to keep you in it. It is not a bad film, 3 stars is a good rating for this film, not more and maybe less, (2.5stars) you can watch this and pass some time and have fun with it. It is a great movie to watch with a few gals and drink some wine or hot chocolate, just do not suspect action and suspect a disappointing end fight.
lokiReviewed in the United States on November 22, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Slow Burn
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If you came here for the usual, hyped up nonsense, think again.
This is different. I'm sorry. It will be okay.

It is too true to be tucked away in a tiny little box.
It is an action film but honestly, I fast forwarded through most of it. It is Verrrrrry slow. Unnecessarily slow. Like, I get it, create a mood. But what people want is a story, not 40 minutes of a mood. Oh, wait, no they're okay with that as long as this is not the subject. In other action flicks, we are enjoying the exact same scenes with other pro/ antagonists. This is not fantasy enough. It's the truth. For a lot of people who aren't out there living that J Bourne lifestyle. It's very real.

This reminded me of two other easy-like-Sunday-morning films; the 1998 neo-noir thriller "Twilight" (with Paul Newman and Reese Witherspoon) and "Ghost Writer" (a Roman Polanski trick with Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan).
Though they are not in the same class.

On one hand, I am grateful anytime film producers choose NOT to add go-faster stripes to their story to make it juicier, slicker, gorier, funnier, darker, etc. etc. etc. with side stories and eccentric, funky characters. So I'm glad they kept it minimal and elegant and truthful.

On the other hand, this does need to get to the end a little sooner. Or maybe I'm just saying that because culturally, we have not yet handled this topic???

Love the end. Such a great scene. Says it all, really.

Oh, if you didn't like this, then DEF don't watch "Moonlight", which won an Academy Award 2017, nominated for Best Actress in Supporting Role, nominated for Best Achievement in directing, editing, cinematography, won Golden Globe, won Oscar/ Best adapted screenplay, won best Visually Striking film for 2017, etc, etc, etc...

yeah, don't see that either. Go back to your Disney products.
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Hanna Kat McDeavittReviewed in the United States on July 13, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Refreshing and Horrific
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The content is horrific. Domestic violence never gets enough attention in film, television, media, etc. because it's not sexy. We don't often get to see depictions of the absolute demoralizing reality of it. Not only is this a film with a strong female lead, but it was also written and directed by a woman. That combination is still too few and far between. Women's stories need to be told and this is a prime example why.
'A Vigilante,' doesn't sugarcoat the subject matter, it doesn't romanticize the violence, it doesn't lead you to feel empowered through a false sense of realism. It's dirty, it's bloody, it's something that happens every day. This film forces you to look at domestic violence and what it can do to a person, more often than not, that means women and children.
Not for the faint of heart, but for the brave at heart. Survival isn't just a story, it's a possibility. The strength of this woman's journey, fictional or no, helps to cast a stark, bright light on a brutal story that hundreds of thousands of people can relate to.
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EL SIDReviewed in the United States on May 4, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold
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I’m not sure why there are so many negative reviews. I could speculate maybe because it doesn’t take place in a big city or exotic locale? Or that the action isn’t super slick and that it occasionally happens off camera? Maybe it’s too emotional for some viewers? Maybe it’s too grounded? Maybe they got lost on the flashback? Maybe there aren’t enough explosions?

Well I thought this was really good for a female driven vigilante tale that deals with the realistic problem of abuse. In some ways it reminds me of Lila and Eve. It almost serves a complement to that movie. So if you liked Lila & Eve you’ll most likely dig this. It is also in same neighborhood as the Equalizer (movie & series) minus the retired secret agent arc. I think it does a good job at showing a normal individual sewing themself back together in order to fight the good fight after being emotionally destroyed by the loss of a child to an abusive husband.
It’s classic in the idea, like Batman, that trama drives the actions of the vigilante hero.

If I’m to play Monday morning film director, there should have been more flashbacks for Sadie. I think it would have helped some viewers connect to the character. It could have visually made the story a little more interesting as she recounts the story in the survivor's group. Maybe some of the other survivors could have had flashbacks as well.

The ending is tidy and it sets up the continuation of Sadie’s journey. Maybe she could get a better vehicle for her vigilante missions. I could see a series on Netflix or Amazon Prime as a good way to go. This could get a little more slick with the action but not too much to keep its original character.

You’ll dig this if you like Jessica Jones (Netflix), Lila & Eve, Salt, Equalizer, Enough, Batman Begins, Wonder Woman, Daredevil (Netflix), Sleeping with the Enemy
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KrheReviewed in the United States on September 11, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very Good movie
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If you like action and powerful women who fight for a cause then you will like this. This is not just a I gotta get back at my man plot. So much better!
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