Directed by Ernesto Díaz Espinoza
A former hit-man for a drug cartel becomes a vigilante to pay for his sins and find redemption
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★★★½ review by Todd Gaines on Letterboxd
Marko Zaror dresses like he’s straight outta Assassin’s Creed and goes all avenging angel on a bunch of baddies in this martial arts flick from Chile.
Marko Zaror is the real deal. I realized this watching him front and center in Redeemer. His martial arts skills are some of the best I’ve ever seen. His kick power is smokin’ and his ground attack is impressive. He might be the most underrated martial artist actor working today.
The plot for Redeemer isn’t rocket science, but I give the writers credit for the final conclusion with the story. A lot makes sense after you finish, but with some more polished writing, the story could’ve been even better.
There’s 3 badass-slap-your-mamma-these-fights-are-so-damn-pimptastic battles. A lot of credit goes to Marko for choreographing the fights. You have a random guy who actually gives Marko a tough battle, a mid-level boss fight and a final boss battle that’s amazing to watch. You also have a cool synth score, Catholic guilt, lots of explosive gunplay and one odd Gringo. Remember, plot isn’t the strength, but Marko makes Redeemer a must watch for fans of the martial arts.
★★★★ review by Wood on Letterboxd
There's nothing I love more to end my night with than an ultra violent martial arts film. Redeemer is like if The Punisher, The Boondock Saints and The Raid had a Chilean baby in some sort of weird threesome. It's as dumb as it sounds, yet complete magic.
★★★★½ review by Waldo on Letterboxd
Ernesto Diaz Espinoza and Marko Zaror together again. This is the best thing an action fan can hear. This is the best action pairing working today between a director and it's star since maybe Iko Uwais and Gareth Evans. Watching Zaror under the direction of Diaz Espinoza is a joy. Pure,unadulterated joy! Everything works perfectly for me. More gory than usual, a hitman's redemption story. I was just floored. Speechless! I loved it!
★★★★ review by Ed Küpfer on Letterboxd
Enjoyed this more on the rewatch. Marko Zaror plays a brooding vigilante so badass he wears a hood over his hood. There's also a gringo drug dealer who's money was stolen—but who seems much more interested in learning to play dudos, acquiring a cool spanish nickname, and generally assimilating into Chilean culture. He is probably the only comic relief in any martial arts movie I've ever enjoyed. There's also the main bad guy, played by unknown-to-me José Luís Mósca, tearing up the country looking for Zaror—a bad guy who is given much more motivation than you normally see in these kinds of flicks. Zaror shows off the same athleticism we saw in Undisputed III, although none of the campy charm. There are a bunch of good fights in this one, none of them transcendent, but all of them pretty good. Check this grappling-informed fight for a representative display of the action.
★★★½ review by Fred Andersson on Letterboxd
Hey, this wasn't bad at all! Not the most expensive movie I've seen, but what it lacks in explosions and stars it gains in great fighting, some insane stunts and a reliable anti-hero in the shape of Mark Zaror. The comic relief, a very annoying American drug dealer, might be a divider among fans - but I found his scenes quite funny. Shame on me!
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