Acts of Vengeance (film)

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Acts of Vengeance
Acts of Vengeance poster.jpg
Directed byIsaac Florentine
Produced byYariv Lerner
Written byMatt Venne
StarringAntonio Banderas
Karl Urban
Paz Vega
Cristina Serafini
Music byFrederik Wiedmann
CinematographyYaron Scharf
Edited byPaul Harb
Ivan Todorov Ivanov
Irit Raz
Distributed byLionsgate
Release date
  • October 27, 2017 (2017-10-27)
Running time
87 minutes
United States

Acts of Vengeance is a 2017 action film directed by Isaac Florentine. It stars Antonio Banderas as a lawyer avenging the deaths of his wife and daughter.[1][2][3]


The wife and daughter of Frank Valera (Antonio Banderas), Sue (Cristina Serafini) and Olivia, are killed shortly after a talent show, in which Olivia sings a song for Frank, and their bodies are dumped in a hole near the train yard. Before the murder, Sue sent a video of Olivia's performance to Frank. After the funeral, Frank's father-in-law Chuck (Robert Forster) confronts him, tells him not to talk to him anymore. Frank visits the police station to discuss the murders, and Detective Lustiger (Johnathan Schaech) tells him that the police found a gold fiber at the murder scene. Lustiger suspects that the murderers belong to the Russian mafia, which operates in the area of the crime.

After subjecting himself to beatings in a mixed martial arts ring to atone for his perceived guilt for the murders, Frank is rescued by Metropolitan police officer Hank Strode (Karl Urban), whom Frank met earlier at the station. However, when Strode informs Frank that his family’s case has become “cold," Frank leaves, dismayed and depressed. Later, after being attacked and suffering a leg wound, Frank falls through a window of a book store, where he grabs Marcus AureliusMeditations to help stop the bleeding. Frank reads parts of the book and changes his attitude about what he should do next and how he should proceed. Following a suggestion in the book, he decides to take a Stoic vow of silence until the case is solved. He then sets out to learn fighting skills and become more fit.

After learning combat skills, Frank goes to the train yard, where the crime took place, to investigate. He encounters Russian thugs and defeats them, though he is injured in the process. A nurse, Alma (Paz Vega), arrives and brings him to her home to treat his injuries. The next day, Frank returns to his home. On the way, he adopts a dog previously owned by his attackers. Later, Alma approaches to return his wallet, which he left at her place. Alma learns about his family’s death and the yard, and she befriends him.

Frank attempts to find the potential witness who lives in a makeshift shelter, but he loses him. As he drives Alma home later, she reveals that the shelter Frank investigated was the home of a man called “Mr. Shivers” (Clint Dyer), who works as a cook at the local diner. After he drops Alma off, Russian gang members appear and ask Alma if she is going to continue supplying drugs to them. Frank suddenly appears and incapacitates them. She explains that she worked with them for a year, stealing drugs from the hospital for them. Frank takes her to his home for her safety.

Frank finds Mr. Shivers at a diner; they fight. Frank shows his family picture to Shivers, who witnessed the murders from his shelter. Shivers says that a police officer committed the murders. Frank then sneaks into the police station and finds that Hank Strode was the police officer on duty on the night of the murders.

After several days of following Strode, Frank enters Strode's house and finds loose gold fibers on a police uniform. Frank also finds a bag that contains magazines with Frank, on the cover, news articles about Strode's 12-year-old daughter's murder, and Frank's legal defense of the suspect, who was freed on a technicality. Strode wanted Frank to suffer for freeing the suspect, and he wanted Frank to know what Strode felt. Frank leaves a note for Strode, saying that he will meet at a warehouse. As Strode arrives, a fight ensues, leaving both injured. Frank overcomes his desire to kill him, remembering Aurelius’ quote, “The best revenge is to be unlike your enemy,” and he then knocks Strode out.

Later, after Strode's trial and conviction, Frank and Alma visit the graves of his wife and daughter, where Frank finally ends his vow of silence by saying "I love you" to his family's graves.



On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 44% based on 9 reviews, with a weighted average rating of 6.2/10.[4]


  1. ^ Harvey, Dennis (2017-10-26). "Film Review: 'Acts of Vengeance'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-10-28.
  2. ^ Scheck, Frank (2017-10-25). "'Acts of Vengeance': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-10-28.
  3. ^ Abele, Robert (2017-10-26). "Antonio Banderas kicks major butt in dumb-as-a-stick action flick 'Acts of Vengeance'". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-10-28.
  4. ^ "Acts of Vengeance (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 5 March 2018.

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