Adam Chaplin: Violent Avenger DVD Review
Written by Jennifer Turner
DVD released by Autonomy Pictures
Written and directed by Emanuelle Di Santi
2011, Region 1 (NTSC), 90 minutes, Not Rated
DVD released on October 8th, 2013
Emanuelle De Santi
Here's a fun fact, the lone trailer on this DVD features a tied up naked chick in a bunny mask. I don't know whether to feel offended or aroused.
Oddly enough Adam Chaplin: Violent Avenger also starts with a tied up girl being tortured by a guy in a mask. I sense a theme. The film's opening is also edgy and fast paced and immediately sucked me in. It's very reminiscent of The Crow with a sprinkle of Sin City. I am talking the original Crow not the sad, sad sequels that followed.
Warning! This movie is Italian with English subtitles and moves fast, so this isn't something you can casually watch.
The plot centers around this dude named Adam who is trying to find the persons responsible for killing his wife. He suspects the mafia is involved and can't trust the cops, so he summons a demon to help him in his quest for revenge.
The film is delightfully gory, I consider myself the owner of a cast iron stomach but even I cringed during a couple of scenes. It isn't gratuitous gore there for the sake of being gross. It makes sense with the setting and plot and is refreshing to see.
I especially love the style that the film is shot in. It's like you have stepped into a living breathing graphic novel and are thrilled to be there. Occasionally the death scenes are cartoonish but not absurdly childish. It's definitely a live action anime in that aspect.
The main draw of the movie is Emanuelle Di Santi who plays Adam. He is very mesmerizing and carries the role well. He's the only actor that I really noticed. I also loved the soundtrack, it's very soft-synth background fits the dark and urban settings.
There's only one quibble and it's not a big one. I found the movie too hard to follow. This is partially because it becomes a little uneven at points. But I have to factor in the fact that I am not much of a subtitled movie watcher and it's hard for me to stare at a screen constantly through a flick.
This is definitely a movie not to be missed. I would recommend to people who like stylish gore and violence that is not simply trotted out for shock value.
Video and Audio:
The film is well shot and very stylish. The quality is perfect and I appreciated how they exaggerated the color of the blood. Its unnatural redness goes well against the blue cast that the rest of the movie was shot in.
The audio is crystal clear, and you can hear the every drop of the copious amount of blood spatter.
The special features are mostly technical DVD extras showing you how they did the FX and scenes. Mildly entertaining, though I particularly enjoyed H.A.B.S. – How a Body Slices – featurette on the art of blood spatter.