Retaliation Movie Review: Orlando Bloom Will Have You Rooting For Him Despite The Wafer Thin Script

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oi-Sanyukta Thakare

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Rating:


2.5
/5


Star
Cast:

Orlando
Bloom,
Janet
Montgomery,
Charlie
Creed
Miles,
Anne
Reid


Director:

Ludwig
Shammasian,
Paul
Shammasian


Available
On:

ZeePlex


Duration:

1
hour
35
minutes


Language:

English


Story:

The
story
follows
Malky
who
struggles
to
cope
with
the
trauma
of
being
sexually
abused
by
a
priest
at
the
age
of
12.
One
day,
he
sets
out
to
burn
down
the
church
where
the
abuse
took
place.
On
coming
face
to
face
with
his
abuser,
Malky
had
to
choose
if
he
wants
revenge
or
wants
to
move
on.

orlando bloom,


Review:

Retaliation

as
the
name
suggests,
the
film
begins
with
much
anguish
and
pent
up
rage
but
not
at
the
world.
Malky
attempts
to
teach
the
audience
the
power
of
moving
on
and
not
giving
your
abuser
the
hold
over
your
mind.
Directors
Ludwig
Shammasian
and
Paul
Shammasian
focus
more
on
Malky’s
pain
and
struggle
than
the
religious
aspect
of
the
story.

The
film
opens
in
an
old
church
that
Malky
(Orlando
Bloom)
and
best
friend
Jo
(Alex
Ferns)
have
been
hired
to
demolish.
The
same
church
where
he
was
sexually
abused
more
than
two
decades
ago.
He
picks
up
his
hammer
as
a
way
to
channel
his
anger,
but
it
isn’t
enough
to
uncover
his
guilt.
What
doesn’t
help
is
his
mother’s
(Anne
Reid)
anger
at
him
for
demolishing
her
beloved
church.
She
also
feels
shame
in
Malky’s
criminal
record,
often
worried
about
cops
coming
at
her
doorsteps,
and
tells
him
something’s
not
right
about
him.

Malky
seems
to
be
stuck
in
the
pattern
of
hurting
the
closest
to
himself
as
he
is
unable
to
forgive
him
but
we
slowly
find
out
there
is
more
to
him.
While
he
does
not
have
a
stable
relationship
with
his
girlfriend,
he
is
more
than
reliable
and
loyal
to
his
friend.
It
is
after
seeing
his
abuser
for
the
first
time
in
over
two
decades
that
Malky
loses
his
temper.
It
begins
a
vicious
cycle
of
self-hate
and
guilt
for
him.

Orlando
Bloom
takes
on
the
role
with
courage
and
gives
it
his
all.
Despite
an
overwritten
script,
Bloom’s
performance
keeps
you
hooked
to
the
screen.
The
makers
don’t
explore
the
deeply
embedded
subtle
themes
in
an
attempt
to
curb
the
story’s
possible
religious
influence.
On
the
other
hand,
the
audience
are
left
with
only
a
mere
image
of
the
other
characters.
You
end
up
rooting
only
for
Bloom,
not
his
relationship
with
his
girlfriend,
or
mother.
You
are
waiting
for
him
to
chose
between
revenge
and
the
road
to
redemption.

Overall,
the
film
that
has
been
overlooked
for
three
years,
will
hopefully
see
some
appreciation.
The
film
is
not
for
the
everyday
Orlando
Bloom
fans,
but
it
might
get
him
a
different
kind
of
fan
following.

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Retaliation
To
Release
On
March
26
In
India

Updated: March 27, 2021 — 7:49 pm

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