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#MovieMonday – Savaged (2013) – Indie Movie about a murdered Woman who Comes Back For Revenge

SAVAGED-premieres-poster
Category: Horror/Fantasy/Rape-Revenge/Gore
Actors: Amanda Adrienne, Marc Anthony Samuel, Rodney Rowland, Daniel Knight
Duration: 95 min
Rated: R

You might Like this Movie is you enjoyed:
The Crow (1994), I spit on your Grave (2010), Contracted (2013)

Long Story Short:
On her way to see her boyfriend Zoe gets brutally raped and murdered by a gang of ignorant and ruthless men. But just when they think they can go on with their lives after brutalizing and dumping her body, they have to realize that Zoe won’t rest until she paid each of them a last visit.

Review:
First of all I have to admit I am not a fan of Rape-and-Revenge movies simply because there is too much focus on the rape aspect, which seems more of a glorification to me, and I get really sensitive and emotional with these topics. However, I thought I give this indie piece a shot; indie movies can either be very artistic and leave an impact, or very gory and even more brutal, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

What I got was a movie created by a director, who tried to recycle a known theme and wrap it into a new twist, a very committed and talented cast (especially the leads Amanda Adrienne, Marc Anthony Samuel and Rodney Rowland), and a decent cinematography. The raw color treatment reminded me of a Tarantino Movie, and worked perfectly for the whole concept. It also worked for me, because the rape wasn’t shown explicitly, it was enough to understand this woman went through the worst possible torture and humiliation one can imagine, which is why I could stick around until the end.

The villains, are as usual a bunch of racist “rednecks”, so no surprise here, but there is a twist in how the girl comes back to take her revenge.
I wasn’t blown away, but I can see if someone who likes that genre might enjoy it.

If you always wanted to see I spit on Your Grave but felt too scared of the graphic violence scenes, you can definitely have a look at Savaged, since it has a quick non-graphic rape sequence and good revenge moments, which no one ever seems to mind, and an interesting story.

My Rating: 5.5/10

CAUTION: Includes a quick rape and torture scene, and lots of gore, which is mostly exaggerated but still stomach turning sometimes.

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