For the Sake of Vicious is an odd mix of mystery and home invasion making its world premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival. A weary father has beaten and captured another man. He has taken his captive to a nurse named Romina’s home. All he wants is a confession. But does he have the right person? As he tries to extract a confession, things quickly devolve into a violent fight for survival.
The movie is centered around its three main characters. Nick Smyth is the emotional core of For the Sake of Vicious. As Chris, everything he does is filled with passion. He is the heart of the movie. Lora Burke is excellent as the nurse caught in the middle. Even in the movie’s most violent moments There is always a kindness to the character. She helps audiences get more deeply invested in For the Sake of Vicious.
Colin Paradine’s Alan is seen the least of the three, but is just as important. He brings the mystery to For the Sake of Vicious. Without Paradine’s appropriately questionable performance, there is no true hook to the movie. But it is the action that will have audiences talking most about For the Sake of Vicious. It is not long before the movie turns things up. When it does, things get very bloody very fast. The story never slows down once the main action begins.
The practical effects are amazing. The title hints that the escalating action will lead to equal amounts of violence. However, nothing will prepare viewers for what they see. Graphic throat slashes and knife violence is expected and found, but there is also some creative use of hammers and glass. Everything is show full on in all its gory glory. For the Sake of Vicious is certainly not for the faint of heart.
The synth heavy score is perfect for the film. It escalates the tension, drama, and action of each scene. Much like a music video, For the Sake of Vicious focus more on action and story. This makes the score especially important. It is a perfect merging of story and music. Those wanting to see a deep story will not find one in For the Sake of Vicious. What they will find is an exciting story that is over the top and engaging. Its leads also provide some surprisingly intense performances that improve the film.