For the Sake of Vicious (2020)

For the Sake of Vicious (2020) MOVIE DETAILS
Name: For the Sake of Vicious
Year: 2020
Country: Canada
Director: Gabriel Carrer, Reese Eveneshen
Main cast: Lora Burke, Nick Smyth, Colin Paradine, James Fler
Runtime: 80 minutes
Production company: Federgreen Entertainment, Latefox Pictures, Raven Banner Entertainment


Let’s make a cocktail. Let’s add a little bit of home invasion, a crime storyline, and lots of violence. Lots of it, until the mixer is overflowing. And if cocktails would be movies you would get a result very close to For the Sake of Vicious (2020).

Is it already calling your attention? Because, for good or for bad, that’s pretty much it. The plot is simple and at times hard to follow, and the whole strength of the movie is set on the action. Most of the stuff happening in For the Sake of Vicious (2020) take the course in one small suburban middle-class house where that nurse that happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time resides. And, in fact, mainly in one room of that house. So, you can see the panorama; minimal characters, minimal storyline, and minimal locations, and other elements that can take the attention away from the main point in the film: the brutal action scenes.

Using that little few elements, the tandem of directors Gabriel Carrer and Reese Eveneshen build what is one hour and 20 minutes of adrenaline and tension of a film. Within the first minutes the violent plot is already going on, and it does nothing but increase until the ending credits start to roll. A movie without many pretensions or second readings, just plain entertainment for the lovers of fights, blood, violence, and some horror.

And, as normally happens in scenarios like this, the simplicity of the elements and the plot also play a flawed part in the final result. It is true that this is an enjoyable movie if you are in the mood for brutality, but it can be a disgusting trip if you are not up for it, or if you are searching for something with more depth or story. But, again, we gotta know what we choose to watch, right? And this is why writing an honest review like this has a use.

So, following the style of For the Sake of Vicious (2020), this review is not going to beat about the bush. Acceptable and convincing acting, very explicit camera work and editing, with perhaps way too many closeup confusing framing especially when the massive fights take part, and a simple story that goes straight to the point. Oh, and a special mention to the soundtrack created by FOXGRNDR, the music project of co-director and writer Gabriel Carrer, present during the entire running time and uprising the tension with the dark and almost industrial electronic feeling. This is For the Sake of Vicious (2020), take it or leave it.

No, seriously, it’s a good movie for what it is. Well shot and generous with the blood and the violence. Probably close to Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s À l’intérieur (2007) than many other home invasion films that focus more on the psychological darkness of the story. Now you know what there is to meet in For the Sake of Vicious (2020).

RATE: 6/10