Sword of Vengeance
Set in 11th century England, shortly after the Battle of Hastings and the genocide enacted by William the Conqueror, Sword of Vengeance focuses on a lone Norman warrior (Stanley Weber) who falls in with rebels in the north and sets about righting an ancient wrong by ousting his tyrannical uncle, all the while attempting to repel oncoming invaders.
With the Game of Thrones TV series reigniting people’s passion for sword and sorcery epics, Sword of Vengeance looks to cash in on the renewed interest and will no doubt appeal to those who like their heroes and villains clad in mail and armour and love nothing more than hearing the clang of steel on steel.
Dialogue is sparse and the film is all the better for it, as director Jim Weedon is at his most poetic when choreographing and shooting intricate action sequences.
The film’s colour palate is an unimaginative one, made up of grey, grey and more grey, spattered with frequent spots of dark red blood and while Game of Thrones it certainly isn’t – both in terms of budget and quality – Sword of Vengeance is a strangely watchable film nonetheless.
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