Thursday, December 1, 2022

Violent Night Movie Review

David Harbour stars in Violent Night

So Unprofessional

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: When a team of mercenaries breaks into a wealthy family compound on Christmas Eve, taking everyone inside hostage, the team isn't prepared for a surprise combatant: Santa Claus (David Harbour, Black Widow, Stranger Things series) is on the grounds, and he's about to show why this Nick is no saint. Directed by Tommy Wirkola.

Starring: David Harbour, John Leguizamo, Cam Gigandet, Alex Hassell, Alexis Louder, Leah Brady, Edi Patterson, and Beverly D'Angelo.

What's Good: Not much, but Harbour has a few good moments (early on.) Tops amongst them, "Time for some season's beatings," quite possibly the best line of 2022. Unfortunately, writers Pat Casey and Josh Miller couldn't fill in the (myriad of) blanks for the other 111 minutes.

What's Not: Got milk violence? Violent Night lives up to its name (and then some.) There's excess at every turn. Too many bad guys, with too many guns, blasting in every direction... You get the point. It's a poor man's Bad Santa with a needless sprinkling of Die Hard 2 for good bad measure. No thanks.

Budget: $20 million

Runtime: 112 minutes (Too long.)

Target Audience: Bad Santa. Ring a bell?

Bottom Line: Believe it or not, I was excited to see it, but felt bored less than 10 minutes in, and asleep not long after. I love the idea of a naughty Santa, but Wirkola & company can only muster up store-bought cookies instead of something tasty enough to recommend.