4/5

Retaliation (2020)

The quick description on Amazon calls this Irish flick a “taut thriller about a demolition worker seeking revenge after he sees the man responsible for a traumatic childhood incident.” That’s all true, but doesn’t really come close to preparing you for just how unsettling this film is to watch. Turns out the worker is a demolished human being who continues to fracture and crumble throughout, the result of being sexually abused by a priest as a boy. And while there is a thriller component, it takes a backseat to the drama of watching a damaged soul’s continued destruction. So prepare yourself for a whole lot of heavy and a heap of intense. That said, Orlando Bloom’s performance is nothing short of amazing, and the film itself, undeniably powerful.  

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