Sunday, December 30, 2012

Revenge (1990)

Revenge Movie #2 (Wow, you don’t get more revenge-themed than a movie called “Revenge”!)

Synopsis: Men think with their dicks, Example # 689,968,746,006.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Kevin Costner stars as Jay Cochrane, a former fighter pilot who finds himself irresistibly drawn to the beautiful wife of an old friend.  Anthony Quinn (LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, GUNS OF NAVARONE), in a powerful performance, co-stars as the husband who reacts with uncontrollable rage to the double betrayal.”

What Did I Learn?: In Mexico, even the good cops are murderous vigilantes who frequent local bordellos.

Really?: 1) Jay can fly airplanes – funny how that never becomes a useful skill in this movie. 2) After beating his ex-friend senseless and forcing his wife to become a prostitute, I had a hard time believing Tibey would still wear the leather jacket that Jay gave him. 3) Not many men would beg the forgiveness of the dude who ordered him to be beaten within an inch of his life. 4) Funny how the “Texan” dies after an unexplained injury, conveniently leaving a horse trailer and car to Jay. 5) So wait – Jay could probably bang any woman he wants in Tibey’s area of Mexico, so what does he do? He bangs his wife, never suspecting their phone calls might be tapped, or that Tibey’s right-hand man (who hates Jay) might be out to get him. 6) Assuming this movie is set in 1990, when it was released, and Jay had just spent 12 years in the Navy, that means he would have joined in 1978 or so – how did he fight the Viet Cong? 7) See What Did I Learn?

Rating: If you enjoy watching Kevin Costner knife Mexican gangsters in the washroom, Revenge is your movie. While the film has some memorable moments (Madeleine Stowe is extremely sexy, and Anthony Quinn delivers a great performance), the script is incredibly contrived and not terribly plausible in places, and the ending is a real downer. Revenge is a borderline bad movie, but I’ll give it a passing grade. 5.5/10 stars.

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