I Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine full movie review - The Ultimate Revenge Sequel to this Brutally Kick-A$$ Series...and You Can Take that to the Grave!! \m/ *_* \m/
What can I say I'm a big fan of revenge - or rather vengeance ? films. From 'The Punisher' (based on a comic book) to 'V for Vendetta' (based on a graphic novel) to 'Last House on the Left'.
But this 'I Spit on Your Grave' series is a whole new breed of "Vengeance" films altogether - mixing the horror & brutality of rape with revenge & vigilantism. I like that in this series, it's the woman - who goes from prey to predator - who exacts revenge by taking her form of justice into her own hands. And that's when the fireworks really begin!! When she exacts her brand of vigilante justice to the no-good, evil, sadistic scum of the earth that wrong her (and literally rub her the wrong way). I just loved the second half of the original sexploitation films - both the original 1978 cult classic and the fairly recent respectable 2010 remake (w/the gorgeous & ferocious Sarah Butler portraying both gentle, innocent victim & predatory angry she-beast).
Two last comparison, the 'I Spit' series also kind of remind me of 'The Incredible Hulk' (the original 1978 Bill Bixby/Lou Ferrigno TV Series) in that when Dr. David Banner sees injustice all around him - whether on to him or some other innocent victim - he turns into the green bad-a$$ beast of a monster and takes matters into his own hands, literally!! And lastly, let's not forget the more recent Showtime TV Series, 'DEXTER'. This 'I Spit' film franchise is basically Mrs. Dexter Morgan on high-octane!! Well, whether it's a film, a TV show, comic book or graphic novel, I just love this genre of story-telling.
So, that brings me to the 3rd chapter to this so-called "torture-porn" series. Sarah Butler returns as the avenging angel, Jennifer Hill (she goes by the name Angela and moves to Los Angeles in this one) in this third part of the 'I Spit' franchise, which is more of a sequel to the first excellent installment.
'I Spit On Your Grave 3: Vengeance is Mine' was literally the movie I've wanted out of this franchise my entire life. It improves on literally every single aspect of the concept of the series. We follow the same girl from the first movie, and the entire movie is pretty much dedicated to showing how the events of the first movie affected her. Instead of a graphic rape scene (by the way, not a single on-screen rape in the entire movie) to show the effects of rape on a person, in its place we spend a majority of the movie in a rape recovery therapy group that's used to show how rape effects a person since we get to know some of Jennifer's group members. The performances from the recovering victims is so heartfelt and genuine that it makes you wonder where all this was for the first two parts. A majority of the movie is characters on a soapbox giving speeches and deconstructing how rape is treated in society, and it's so great to hear it said so frank and direct in a movie.
The basic concept is that Jennifer learns that a majority of her new friends' rapists were never punished for what they did, so she becomes a vigilante who targets rapists. That alone was enough to sell me on the movie and holy s*** did it deliver!! The scenes of the rapists being punished are so satisfying that it makes the entire movie worthwhile.
Well acted, well scripted and with a production of a high caliber, this is a triumphant slice of vigilantism at its most bestial and unforgiving and is the perfect antidote to the vilest of crimes. The movie works well as it examines those who believe 'violence is not the answer and forgiveness is a solution' but ultimately in a crime so heinous and as Jennifer states is 'bull****' as she takes on the system which demonstrates that the law is on the side of the violator more so than the victim. The film takes a little time to get going but when it does it returns to the familiar exploitative territory we know so well as Ms.Hills brandishes a sense of justice that most think but would never admit is correct. Ms.Butler's portrayal should be applauded as she goes through a gamut of emotions from an individual who is slightly neurotic because of her scarring from her ordeal of the first movie to a strong avenger determined on retribution for herself and those around her in a society that just doesn't care or makes excuses for the individuals who get away with it shielded by the do-gooders who are wrapped up in their own humanitarianism so they lose sight of the severity of such a despicable act. The message, no matter how nihilistic, is made perfectly clear and so well executed. This is no run of the mill effort produced solely to shock (although some of the vengeance sequences are jaw dropping especially the 'just the tip' scene - bravo!!) because it is just so well-orchestrated in terms of plot, direction, pace and intent. This movie proves one fundamental thing, that every town or city needs a Jennifer Hills and that films of this genre are still in very capable hands to a modern audience just as they were in the grind house golden age of the 70's and 80's.
Overall, if this is the end for the series then it was a perfect way to go out. However I wouldn't mind if more were made if they kept going in the direction that this third movie went.
I'll end this review with a spoiler teaser; the conclusive finale to this one is by far my favorite; The last 2 minutes that follow Jennifer/Angela's final therapy session is pure rage-fantasy heavenly gold!! ?or shall I say her "The-rapists" office (pun intended)!! ;)