After stealing 100,000 from a dangerous crime boss, Mitchell Parker finds that his life is at its end. While trying to avoid his own fate, he attempts to make up for his past mistakes to the woman he loves.
Director Darren Ward
seems to know a thing or two about violence. His low-budget shocker, A Day of Violence
is a bloody little slice of guns, knives and gore thatíll satisfy those looking for something a little different. The biggest surprise here is the casting of the filmís anti-hero Mitchell, and it is a pleasant one at that. Nick Rendell
is a bad ass muther-f*cker. Heís a big, burly chap who manages to be pretty likable, even when he is shoving a screwdriver into someoneís neck. He looks nothing like a leading man, heís bald, he ainít all that thin, yet he still gets naked for a steamy love scene with his hottie girlfriend Tina Barnes
. Ward makes good use of Rendell and luckily, the dude can carry a violent action flick very well.
The story is simple and sweet. Mitchell is looking to better his life and make a brand new start. While doing a routine collection job, he finds a ton of dough and takes it. Sadly you can never get away with something like that in a movie like this. So for a little more than the last half of the film, it is Mitchell against a bunch of thugs looking to get revenge and take his stolen money back. And to say that this crime boss is a mean man is an understatement. Victor D. Thorn
yells a whole lot, and loves to torture the shite out of people before he offs them. He shoots, he stabs and he even has someone castrated in a bloody uncomfortable way. But it seems all these folk have their secrets, it sucks to be a criminal in this flick. Even our hero has a few skeletons in his past, at least enough to risk his health and well-being by screwing over the loud guy.
There is a ton of violence here, as the title suggests, it is splattered throughout quite nicely. And the red stuff is put to good use as it spews out of bodies left and right. The effects are surprisingly strong. There are certainly enough cringe worthy moments to have you squirm in your seat. They include one painful bit of business when one guy looses his manhood, and another one thatíll give you a toothache when a lovely women gets some unwanted dental work. This is a aggressive little flick that might just give gore hounds and revenge fanatics something to get excited for. Sure the budget constraints are sometimes obvious, and a couple of the shoot outs felt a bit underdeveloped. Even one or two of the mostly good performances were a little off, but it didnít hurt my viewing experience. Thankfully, what it lacks is made up for in sheer heart and soul. It is clear that Darren made the exact film he wanted to make, with gore, nudity and everything that comes between.
But thankfully, it isnít just a ridiculously unbelievable action movie that has nothing else to offer. I was impressed with the level of talent for most of the cast. Along with Rendell, the two ladies here are quite good. Tina Barnes as the girlfriend has a really nice sequence near the end, and of course, her hot and heavy lovemaking. She is very likeable and I was able to buy the chemistry between her and Mitchell. I also appreciated Helena Martin
who not only gets roughed up, but also has a chance to do some damage herself. This is a solid cast for this type of picture and it seems Mr. Ward had the sense to hire for talent and not just because some hot actress was good to look at. I kinda love A Day of Violence for all its blood-spattered charm. It is not afraid to get down and dirty, but it also has the cajones to show a softer side as well.
A Day of Violence is a surprisingly effective low budget action flick that has a huge hard-on for gore and aggression, and I mean that as a compliment. Nick Rendell is perfectly cast as a bad guy trying to make good. He is tough, but he can also show his sensitivity when needed. Youíve got a kick ass leading man, enough gore to go round for seconds and even some T and AÖ somebody knew what a violent action movie should be. A day of violence? Yes please.