'Fistful of Vengeance' Review: Action thriller ideal for fantasy and martial art lovers
With a star-studded cast, Netflix's latest action-packed thriller 'Fistful of Vengeance' failed to really come through with set expectations
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Netflix's latest action-packed thriller 'Fistful of Vengeance' fails to break through any of its required barriers. Although it's a standalone sequel film, the movie does everything in its power to get the viewers up to speed on the concept of Wu Assassins, superpowers, and Asian myths.
Having gotten a clue to track down the murderer of Tommy's (Lawrence Kao) sister Jenny, Tommy, Kai (Iko Uwais) and Lu Xin (Lewis Tan) learn of a massive scheme to put the world to an end. They join forces with Interpol agent Adaku (Pearl Thusi), and Preeya (Francesca Corney) to combine their strengths and save humanity
'Fistful of Vengeance' starts off with a fight between Kai, Lu Xin, and Tommy against a supernatural being at a nightclub in Bangkok, Thailand. The movie is a sequel to the series titled 'Wu Assassins'. In this opening scene, we learn that Tommy's sister Jenny was killed under mysterious circumstances. They mutually decide to avenge Jenny's death, during which they learn about Ku An Qi, an evil being with supernatural powers. Qi's mission is to someday rule the universe and be the triumphant leader.
The coming of Adaku and Preeya has added a lot more complexity to the intensity of the current situation at hand. In addition, William Pan (Jason Tobin) doesn't make life any easier with his bizarre spiritual connection to Qi.
The choice of shooting location is beyond ideal and showcases intense fighting scenes in different nooks and corners of Thailand. The highlight of the movie most definitely is the intricate choreography of the fight sequences which involved various fighting styles.
Unlike the series, the movie doesn't have as many elements of magic and sorcery. Instead, it focuses more on hand-to-hand combat.
Given that the film comes under the action genre, the dialogue delivery and general acting are not up to the mark. The poor scripting, in addition, didn't allow the said actors to display their talent to their fullest potential. Having said that, the movie is also a bit of a drag and has someone breaking another's neck every two seconds.
'Fistful of Vengeance' released on February 17, 2022, on Netflix.