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When Revenge Becomes a Compulsion
on 10 October 2010
Whilst we have all been in situations where we have been victims (for most of us relatively harmless incidents I will admit) I guess we sometimes harbour thoughts of revenge but never do anything about it. Films and novels where people do take action are usually predictable, largely unbelievable and lack any real form of reasoning; not true here in a tense and fast paced film where Jodie Foster plays a talented radio journalist who is brutally attacked whilst out walking her dog with her partner. The brutality and violence of the attacks is shocking and her partner doesn't survive. The unfairness of pointless violance hits hard, the injustice of how society deals with it is real life and the pain she suffers is superbly captured by a performance by Foster of immense proportions. Her road to revenge starts as a desire, becomes real through circumstances she cannot avoid and then takes its own course. Her relationship with the Investigating Officer is central to the plot and has a twist in the tail that is unexpected and underlines the films strong script. Well worth buying and the Blue Ray quality was superb.