Monday, October 10, 2016

Film Review: I Spit on Your Grave 3: Vengeance is Mine (2015)

I Spit on Your Grave 3: Vengeance is Mine (Review)
United States/2015
Format Viewed For Review: Starz
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No
*A 31 Days of Halloween Special Review

"...easily the worst film in the series."

Jennifer Hills, now known as Angela (Sarah Butler), begins hunting rapists in her new city...

I Spit on Your Grave 3 is a direct sequel to the 2010 remake. The film follows Jennifer Hills, who was changed her name to Angela and who has relocated to a new city. She goes to group therapy where she meets Marla (Jennifer Landon), a hard-edged woman with a foul mouth. When Marla mysteriously passes away, Angela begins hunting rapists in the city. Once again: that's all there is to the story. It doesn't take any time to develop its characters and it doesn't have any unique plot points. It's a violent, by-the-books vigilante justice film. It leads to an interesting ending that could not unfortunately save this film.

Much like the mediocre sequel, Vengeance is Mine suffers from a lack of character, suspense, and originality. The formula is different in this film – it no longer feels like a remake of a remake – but it really doesn't do anything different in the genre. Lack of originality aside, the film suffers more from its lack of suspense and buildup. Without anything really at stake, without any consistent morals, the film feels like a simple gallery of forgettable gore. I think it's worse this time around, though. Now, you feel nothing for any of the main characters because it doesn't bother to make them human. As for its male cast, every man in this film is depicted as a rapist or an idiot. It attempts to use Angela's cynical personality to cover itself, but it's all just pseudo-philosophical ramblings. The film also has the basic plot holes/contrivances you've likely come to expect from the series.

Sarah Butler delivered a solid performance in the remake. Unfortunately, her character has been changed to an edgy teenager in this film, so her 'snarky' performance barely leaves an impression. Jennifer Landon has a lot of energy in this film, but she came off as a bit overdone. The supporting cast is also forgettable. The special effects are mediocre, too. The film was written by Daniel Gilboy and directed by R.D. Braunstein. The writing is disappointing since it lacks character. The film's humor was about as good as something written by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Braunstein crafts a competent movie, but his direction is severely lacking in suspense and ambiance. There is never a sense of dread or danger in this film.

Overall, I Spit On Your Grave 3: Vengeance Is Mine is a bad movie. It is easily the worst film in the series. Whether you watch it as a commentary on humanity (which would be very generous) or as a lover of the macabre, the film fails to deliver. In fact, I think this is the least bloody film in the series. This film proves that the series is actually taking steps in reverse. It's baffling and utterly disappointing. And, let's not forget the subtitle. Vengeance is Mine? Really? What's next? Here, let me give you your next title. It's on the house: I Spit on Your Gr4ve: And I'm All Out Of Spit.

Score: 3/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and gore.

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