A pitch black, wryly British comedy from the mind of Alice Lowe (SIGHTSEERS), PREVENGE follows Ruth, a pregnant woman on a killing spree that’s as funny as it is vicious.
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★★★½ review by Simon Ramshaw on Letterboxd
★★★½ review by Katie on Letterboxd
only complaint? not enough men died
★★★½ review by Marian on Letterboxd
two things that are very scary: pregnancy and british people
★★★★ review by Jak-Luke Sharp on Letterboxd
BONUS: Q&A with Director ALICE LOWE
A first act that has wonderfully rampant black comedy with a splice of horror that works well but as Prevenge continues it loses its way more and more in what it wants to be. It somewhat overly complicates itself and all the more disheartening when the bones and heart of Lowe's film are really enjoyable to see unfold, but the result is a little flat and anticlimactic. However, Lowe directing and performing in a film while seven months pregnant makes anyone look stupid who moans about working on a film set.
★★★½ review by Nexkez6 on Letterboxd
"Baby knows what to do. Baby will tell you what to do."
Alone, mourning the loss of her partner and pregnant, Ruth (Alice Lowe) goes on a murderous spree at the behest of her unborn child. The reasoning behind her selection of targets slowly becoming clear.
Cutthroat violence running along side dark humour as Ruth goes from melancholic mood to Ruthless banshee of fury, reminiscent of the sisters of fury from noirish Crime Without Passion which she views in her hotel room. Alice superbly shows her versatility, putting on a new act as the film goes from one scenario of murder to the next, from playing straight laced corporate business woman to cheery charity worker.
Each new sequence does give the film varying tones, some played a little longer than necessary but the comedy does work and there are some excellent stylistic shots throughout, from grey skies by the coast to the bright colours during Halloween, a nice little nod to Possession, a cool synth score the pounding beat of the movie.
Clinging to the past, the future inside her, the pet store of innuendo, enchanting eyes at the cheesy disco, castrating kitchen knife, a kiss of death at the corporate interview. That this was written and shot on a low budget in a very short space of time while Alice was in reality heavily pregnant only serves make the results of this pregnancy as a hostile takeover movie and her directorial debut that much more impressive.
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