RENDEL: DARK VENGEANCE REVIEWED
“Rendel: Dark Vengeance” is pretty generic. While writer-director Jesse Haaja finds a new way to bring superheroics to Finland, nothing really comes of it. It feels like a mix of Batman, The Crow and the modern Marvel Cinematic humor. Then, it starts slipping back into the dark nature of the Frank Miller movies. All the while, it keeps fighting against itself to try and be new. But, it never happens.
For a film that insist on itself so much, I wasn’t expecting an origin film. Hell, wrap it up in the first 15 minutes. So much time is wasted just trying to sell a carbon copy superhero to the International market. We get it, now let him do his thing. Unfortunately, that won’t happen until a conceptual sequel comes together.
- 2.40:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 1/30/18
- Video - 93%93%
- Audio - 92%92%
- Special Features - 90%90%
- Film Score - 88%88%
The Plot Thus Far
From the mind of visionary writer-director Jesse Haaja, comes the very first full-length superhero film from Finland.
A brutal, dark avenger is born when a worldwide corporation known as VALA launches an untested vaccine into the market by bribing, threatening, and killing every official in opposition. Rendel unleashes his own special kind of hell against VALA, threatening to put an end the distribution of the vaccine. But, as blood spills and the money burns, VALA recruits a group of mercenaries to do what others seemingly can’t: eliminate Rendel permanently.