X: Night of Vengeance

X (Jon Hewitt, 2011) aka X - Night of Vengeance; wr. Jon Hewitt, Belinda McClory; Viva Bianca, Hanna Morgan Lawrence, Peter Docker; shot King's Cross - whence the X in the title

Confronted with the moral turpitude of Jon Hewitt's 2011 release, I turned to the wisdom of Andrew Urban and Louise Keller – to find that she at least is also in dismay. They try to write about it as if it has a story, and is about something of some value – but it's clear she at least is floundering in the same morass. It's the worst kind of exploitation. It is about something: namely, violence towards and the degradation of women. It's disgusting. (One good thing about it was that it had the shortest possible title – until they added three more words so that ppl could tell it was a title and not a warning.) If it were possible to set morality aside, I would have to admit that this is very well made, shot and edited. And the ending is brilliant.

The film quickly escalates into dark despair and some pretty nasty characters are involved as the action becomes increasingly violent. I felt pretty grubby by the end ... Louise Keller, urbancinefile

The screenplay links the story points with an authenticity that's satisfying and the thrills are well orchestrated, including a couple of street fights, a chase or two and some dramatic confrontations - as well as a surprise or two. Andrew L. Urban, urbancinefile

There are a few clunky spots of dialogue and acting but the central performance from the fresh-faced Hanna Mangan Lawrence is particularly strong. Her character doesn’t succumb to the stereotypical bam-bam feminist revenge mode and nor is she, or the other female characters, represented purely as desperate victims. Victims of circumstance, perhaps, but that’s another kettle of fish, hinted at in the subtext that swelters below a battered and uncompromising narrative. X is a solid genre flick that bites down hard on its subject material and speaks loudly through gritted teeth. Luke Buckmaster.


Garry Gillard | New: 9 October, 2012 | Now: 26 July, 2018