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|Directed by||Sarah Dagger-Nickson|
|Written by||Sarah Dagger-Nickson|
|Cinematography||Alan McIntyre Smith|
|Distributed by||Saban Films|
A Vigilante is a 2018 American drama film written and directed by Sarah Daggar-Nickson in her directorial debut. It stars Olivia Wilde, Morgan Spector, Kyle Catlett, C.J. Wilson, Tonye Patano, Chuck Cooper, Betsy Aidem and Judy Marte.
Sadie (Olivia Wilde) is a woman who works for hire, helping men, women and children escape abusive homes. She struggles with money, asking for whatever the people she helps can give.
Sadie is invited to the home of Andrea (Betsy Aidem) and Michael Shaund (C.J. Wilson) under the pretense of working for medical insurance. Sadie instead beats up Michael and forces him to transfer his money to his wife and leave their home. Sadie tells Andrea to pass on her details to anyone she feels needs them.
We see Sadie living very plainly in a motel room. She has a map in her room which she is using to mark off area she has covered for a yet undisclosed reason.
Sadie then rescues a young boy, Zach (Kyle Catlett), and his brother from their drug-addled mother, who had been keeping the younger brother locked away in his bedroom. Sadie knocks out the mother and locks her in the bathroom. As Child Protective Services are on the way, she tells Zach to contact her if he or his brother are ever hurt again and no one believes them. When Zach asks to stay with Sadie, she tells him it would not be safe.
The film periodically cuts to Sadie's past in group therapy for survivors of domestic violence. In group therapy, Sadie shares her "leaving story": her abusive husband wanted her and her young son to move out of their home and live off the grid. When she tried to escape with her son, he chased them both with a knife and killed their son in a fit of rage.
In a flashback, Sadie returns to her old home, finding some of her son's belongings there. She notices a poster for Lake Placid that had been left behind, and decides to take it. She also takes her son's drawing which we see Sadie holding at the beginning of the film. Through these flashbacks we find out her husband went missing after killing their son, and therefore she cannot receive the payout from his life insurance policy.
It is then inferred she is using the map she keeps pinned to her wall to try to locate her missing husband. When she returns to her room one night after a drink, she notices a red spot on the map that was previously not there, and is then ambushed by her husband.
Sadie wakes up bound, her husband (Morgan Spector) taunting her and welcoming her back home. After a lengthy struggle and chase, she overpowers and kills her husband, dumping his body on the road for the police to find.
Sadie returns to her attorney, who tells her that the police found her husband's body, and are not entirely motivated to look further into the case due to his criminal record and the lack of evidence. He informs her that the life insurance claim will now be processed. Sadie then leaves, traveling again to help another woman who had contacted her.
- Olivia Wilde as Sadie
- Morgan Spector as Sadie's Husband
- Tonye Patano as Beverly
- Judy Marte as Straight Up Shelter Woman
- Betsy Aidem as Andrea Shaund
- C.J. Wilson as Michael Shaund
- Chuck Cooper as Lawyer
- Kyle Catlett as Zach
- Estefania Tejeda as Counseling Group Woman #1
- Olivia Gilliat as Margaret Turner
- Cheryse Dyllan as Charlene Jackson
In November 2016, it was announced Olivia Wilde had been cast in the film, with Sarah Daggar-Nickson directing from a screenplay she wrote. Randall Emmett, George Furla, Andrew D. Corkin, Lars Knudsen and Ambyr Childers will serve as producers on the film, under their Badlands Entertainment, The Long Run, Uncorkd Productions, Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Parts & Labor banners, respectively.
A Vigilante received positive reviews from film critics. It holds a 91% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 34 reviews, with a weighted average of 6.9/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Led by Olivia Wilde's fearless performance and elevated by timely themes, A Vigilante is an uncompromising thriller that hits as hard as its protagonist." On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 69 out of 100, based on 11 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
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