Film Review: “Fistful of Vengeance” (2022)

What you see is what you get.

Chris Salazar

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As I have stated in my review for “Marry Me”, I want to make an extra effort to use my platform to highlight films that don’t get the mainstream treatment. A lot of these films usually end up on streaming, especially if they are mid-budget movies. In a world where our theaters and social media feeds are flooded with news of intellectual properties such as Marvel and DC 25/8, I’ve grown tired of hearing the same three complaints: “Ugh..Another Superhero movie?”, “Good God, another live-action Disney remake”, or “Why don’t they make anything original anymore?”. That last one is the most laughable because most of the people with these grievances are far too lazy to look beyond the mainstream theatrical landscape for solutions to such a crisis. I was too, until I embraced streaming as, not a replacement for theaters but, another avenue of entertainment.

Strolling onto the scene today is the martial arts action film, “Fistful of Vengeance”. Based on the Netflix Original show, “Wu Assassins”, Fistful of Vengeance stars Iko Uwais (“The Raid”) and Lewis Tan (“Mortal Kombat”). The film picks up directly after the events of “Wu Assassins” season one where superhuman Assassin Kai Jin (Iko Uwais) embarks on a revenge mission that becomes an all-out fight to save the world from an ancient threat that comes in the form of the supernatural. As of writing this, I’m still trying to get through all ten episodes of “Wu Assassins” on Netflix while juggling my work schedule and the 35 other shows that I start and never complete (bad habit, I know). So, I’ll more than likely weigh my judgment for “Fistful of Vengeance” from a more casual perspective.

First and foremost, when I clicked play on “Fistful of Vengeance”, I didn’t do so expecting “Schindler’s List”. The story here is your average revenge plot that breaks literally no new ground whatsoever. There is a villain twist that is incredibly obvious and cliche. Speaking of villains, the main antagonist of “Fistful of Vengeance”, Ku An Qi, is your average power-hungry villain. Her motivation for being an antagonist is as conventional as the film’s narrative itself. Still, as I have stated earlier, I knew better than to expect an incredibly deep story or some lofty awards contending “tour de force”. “Fistful of Vengeance”…

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Chris Salazar

28 | Fiction Writer | usually writes about anything but, mostly about film