Revenge is a romantic comedy with a real twist; at first the movie comes off
fairly normal but soon after when Henry Bell (Sam Neil) wakes up the whole
story line spins out of control. Henry Bell finds himself at the worst point
of his life and just as he tries to trough himself off a very high bridge he
hears someone call for help. Thatís where he saves and meets Karen Knightly
(Helena Bonham Carter) a very interesting character indeed, soon after Henry
and Karen end up at a bar to have a drink to celebrate their new lease on
life. What Henry doesnít realize is that while they were talking in the bar
he agreed to seek revenge on the lady that caused Karen to jump and in doing
so Karen will seek revenge on Henryís revenge.
Neil and Helena Bonham Carter give a fantastic performance as the straight guy
and the eccentric and a little crazy rich woman. When Henry wakes the next
morning he is found strapped to the bed with just a very small piece of
novelty underwear on, when the old maid enters he pretends to be asleep though
he doesnít get away with it. Henry is on a mission to get back at the lady
whose husband Karen was having an affair with; Karen blames Imogen Staxton-Billing
(Kristin Scott Thomas) for getting her own husband back, and when Henry meets
her he is found to have great feelings for her.
Through the entire movie Henry eventually falls in love, and when he tries to
convince Karen that it had nothing to do with Imogen and that the husband is
the one to blame, she denies it and because all her life she has always had
every thing her own way Karen canít handle the truth and thinks that Henry is
trying to back out. The movie is so very funny from seeing Sam Neil in a
sixties uniform that is bright green and having spilt food on his crouch, to
the way the Karen gets back at the man that made Henryís life a living hell.
revenge was an unexpected pleasure to watch, upon reading the blurb on the
back and seeing the cover I though it was going to be a soppy love story but
the unexpected chemistry between Sam and Helena was a real honor to behold.
Sweet Revenge is witty, hilarious and still remains a sensible film with an
easy story line to follow.
picture quality through the does have a few instances of heavy grit and
graininess and background noise can be seen in the darker scenes. Sound is
mostly taking and very few instances of a music feature only for the
transitions, all sound through out is clear and the gentle acoustic
instrumental music fits the film well with itís English outdoor feel.
No extras unfortunately, a
few outtakes is all it takes to satisfy this reviewer, and when you see Sam
Neil in his bright green shirt with clogs on Iím sure he would have had a few
shots at that one.