Violent Night (2022) Review

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Violent Night (2022) Review

Horrorific content by christina on December 06th, 2022 | Movie Review | Slasher, Comedy, Christmas, Thriller, Holiday, Christmas - Slasher

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It's about a team of mercenaries who must fight an enraged Santa Claus if they are to succeed in robbing the fortune of a wealthy family.

Violent Night was directed by Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, and Dead Snow) and stars David Harbour (Hellboy), John Leguizamo (The Menu, Vanishing on 7th Street, and The Happening), Beverly D'Angelo, Alex Hassell (The Sick House), Alexis Louder, Cam Gigandet (Assimilate, Priest, and The Roommate), Edi Patterson, Leah Brady, Alexander Elliot, and Brendan Fletcher (Open 24 Hours, Leprechaun: Origins, and BloodRayne: The Third Reich).

Violent Night (2022) Review

Violent Night is definitely worth checking out if you're looking for a funny, action-packed movie. Director Tommy Witkola does a great job of blending comedy with violence, resulting in a film that's both entertaining and thought-provoking.

This Christmas Eve may be the last for the characters in this movie.

The wealthy Lightstone family has gathered together for the holidays at their heavily-secured mansion. Rumors abound that the family's matriarch may turn over the fortune's reins to a successor, and the family vultures are naturally circling ahead. First, however, many must be filled with the requisite Christmas spirit.

Little Trudy only has one Christmas wish: that her parents might be able to get back together.

The film focuses on assassins hired to target the family's fortune.

Everyone's trying to get through the holiday season these days. Even Santa Claus feels fed up with all the greed and materialism that come with Christmas. It's hard to remember what the holidays are supposed to be about anymore.

What begins as a calm, hostile attack on Christmas Eve could quickly become a bloody massacre as Santa Claus becomes inspired by a young child's unwavering belief in him. Santa then abandons his night of gift-giving to embark on a heroic rescue mission that could be considered a miracle.

To give Fandango credit, the comparison is very accurate.

Unfortunately, the analogy in the movie may keep some viewers away, which would be a shame. However, the comparison is deliberate and certainly not an example of the filmmakers needing more imagination and combining two well-known holiday classics.

Contrary to what some might think, this movie is not a rip-off of the Home Alone franchise. Instead, it is a clear homage to the adventures of John McClane and Kevin McAllister.

At one point in the film, Scrooge and Santa Claus communicate with each other in a playful yet violent manner over walkie-talkies. This is likely inspired by the film Home Alone, which Trudy watched the night before. In the film, Trudy sets up various traps for her assailants, which are also likely inspired by Home Alone.

To dismiss Violent Night for its referential flourishes would be to ignore any Hallmark Christmas film that liberally takes from another movie.

If viewers can decide whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas film, they likely will only resist calling Violent Night a Christmas film once the bloodshed has ended.

Unfortunately, this movie is quite a slow burn.

The screenplay for this film is bogged down with too much exposition and not enough action. The first half of the film is spent developing the characters, and their motivations, which makes the wait for the violence promised in the trailers feel even longer.

Once Santa Claus establishes himself as a murderous badass, the movie takes off and delivers on the creative, over-the-top kills that audiences come to see. Santa Claus proves himself to be a force to be reckoned with, and the movie is all the better.

Leguizamo is a commanding presence in every scene, delivering each line with energy and enthusiasm.

Harbour is enjoying himself in the production, involved in the action sequences and the heart of the movie.

Worth Watching? 

This seemingly simple premise is a reminder that belief is what matters in life, especially during Christmas. The Lightstones have forgotten how to appreciate their family and become greedy instead. Without belief, they would never be able to recapture the true meaning of Christmas. Santa Claus is questioning his role in a holiday that no longer represents what it once did.

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