This awkward setup isn’t really that important, though – and I’m not sure it should be – given how often eveneshen’s pulpy dialogue is uneven. Sometimes it’s refreshingly cut and comes down to a series of cool declarative statements. I especially like when Chris tells Romina, “You don’t have to stay here… for that. You can just go there. To which she replies, “Yeah, I think it’s a bit late for that. I am invested now. Besides… ”she said before taking a crowbar nearby:“ this is my house. I wasn’t as passionate about going back and forth as when Chris told Alan that ‘you drag this off base’, to which Alan said, ‘What base? I don’t even know what you’re trying to stand on. Then Chris shouts: “Truth!” It was a bit too much.
I was also somewhat disappointed with the film’s generally lax action-making. Most of the film’s gore scenes are choreographed and presented as a series of brawling brawls, an approach that often only really pays off when Carrer and Eveneshen, who also co-directed “For the Sake of Vicious,” perform on a stage. gruesome murder or two. I love the blood and eye trauma geysers as much as the next one, but “For the Sake of Vicious” is often not visualized or paced dynamically enough to keep the pulse going. So while Lucio Fulci fans may be excited to see where Romina puts her hammer, it might be hard for everyone to get in the mood.
Still, “For the Sake of Vicious” is a bit more memorable for what Carrer and Eveneshen are trying to do than what they fail to deliver. They have (some) the right ideas, but they are not yet polite or as ruthless as they should be. It’s probably telling that my favorite image from “For the Sake of Vicious” isn’t anything disgusting, but rather a bit of vicious-type physical comedy. During a particularly heated fight scene, Chris and Romina bump elbows while trying to untangle themselves from a pair of masked killers mentioned above. The guns are put to good use, the shower curtains are torn … and in the heat of the moment, Chris and Romina meet like competitive dancers in a strangely cramped ballroom. It’s just a brief moment between bleeds, but it’s also light and nifty enough to make you want more.
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