1h 35min | Thriller | 13 October 2017 (USA)
Timid and withdrawn, Noelle, a California fine arts graduate student, is an outcast having trouble to socially fit in and to impress her fellow painters with her work. Under those circumstances, the thrilled Noelle will accept an invitation to a party by a handsome classmate she has a crush on, only to be lured into his room and be viciously assaulted. As she leaves the house a different woman, Noelle will accidentally kill her rapist on the following night, and much to her surprise, an unexpected surge of inspiration will gradually fuel both her stagnant artistic expression and her thirst for revenge on those who destroyed the lives of innocent women. Now, Noelle is a pitiless vigilante who uses her newly-found sex-appeal to serve her cause. Who says seduction is a dying art?
If you expect a rape revenge thriller you will be disappointed. There is not much revenge here. Instead it’s a straight forward no budget rape vigilante drama with a few thriller elements.
Neither the director nor writer took their time to actual research the subject or talk to victims. Or even bothered to watch much better movies on the subject of the last four decades.
They just took some stuff from headlines over the last few years as well as YouTube and Facebook comments – you know where everyone is an expert on everything. And then they just ran with it as they hard a marketable script that was probably whipped up over a weekend.
Basic premise: all men are evil, no one cares about rape victims, rape culture everywhere and all women are victims. This is quite an insult to any real life rape victim.
The movie stays as shallow as possible on the subject and instead tries to adds a few graphic scenes and some thriller elements to get it going. But even there it stays tame and fails basic writing class.
The script is not very well written, the actors are bad, overall low production quality, shots are framed bad, music not matching, bad sound recording/mixing and so on. Basically it is amateur hour.
But there is one exception. And that is Francesa Eastwood.
And she is the reason you should watch this movie. Put in in your queue on your streaming service.
Eastwood basically takes a very bad script to begin with and a not fleshed out main protagonist and gives that character life and depths. She carries the movie on her own and is the only reason you keep watching it to the end.
The movie itself gets 1 out of 10 and is absolutely forgettable. This could have a much deeper movie if writer/director actually cared to investigate the subject and cast some talented actors.
But Eastwood’s performance makes is a solid 5 out of 10. She carries the movie and is the only reason why you should consider to put this drama with thriller elements on your watch list.
Director: Natalia Leite
Writer: Leah McKendrick
Stars: Francesca Eastwood, Clifton Collins Jr., Michael Welch
Release Date: 13 October 2017 (USA)
Filming Locations: Chapman University – One University Drive, Orange, California, USA