Fans of Liam Neeson’s series of “aged action star” flicks will enjoy Revenge, a gritty, graphic world where Death Wish collides with The Equalizer that serves as the tour de force industry calling card for working man French actor Stéphane Roquet in his debut as a screenwriter, director, producer, and cinematographer.
Jean-Yves Bourgeois mesmerizes in his acting debut (reminding us of that first time we saw Jason Statham in his leading man debut in The Transporter) as Detective Franck Beriat. Released after serving a six-year prison term for arresting—then killing—a pimp, he becomes an unlicensed private detective, talking only the cases he feels where he believes justice wasn’t served.
When a femme fatale hires Franck to track down her missing sister—a case that reminds him of the murder of his prostitute-cum-C.I girlfriend that landed him in prison—the assignment turns into a one-man war against a crime syndicate run by an arrogant lawyer.
Bottom line: you’ll be seeing more from Stéphane Roquet behind the lens and Jean-Yves Bourgeois in front of it. They’re the next Luc Besson and Jason Statham. In case you haven’t guessed: I love this movie; it’s a French version of a Takashi Miike yakuza-revenge flick.
In the international marketplace since 2016, Revenge is now available in the U.S. for the first time as a free-with-ads stream on TubiTv. If you prefer an ad-free experience, you can stream the film through Vudu or You Tube Movies. To learn more about the film and the Industry Works Studios roster, you can visit their website and You Tube page.
Disclaimer: We weren’t sent a screener or review request for this film. We discovered it on our own via social media and truly enjoyed the film.