Adam Chaplin: Violent Avenger

Director - Emanuele De Santi

Cast - Emanuele De Santi, Giulio De Santi, Christian Riva

Country of Origin - Italy

Discs - 1

Distributor - Autonomy Pictures

Reviewer - Mike Kenny

Date - 11/02/13

The Film (0/5)

 

What happens when you attempt to mix “The Crow”, fast MTV-eqsue editing and ridiculous amounts of blood? Apparently, “Adam Chaplin: Violent Avenger” happens. This 2011 hyper-gory Italian film seems to take influences from many different works before it and create something unique. Unfortunately, the result is more painful than anything some of the characters experience in this flick.  Let’s not waste any time and dive right into this horrendous mess…

 

“Adam Chaplin: Violent Avenger” is set in the fictional Heaven Valley, where Adam is investigating the murder of his wife and learns the local mafia boss is to blame.  Unable to turn to the corrupt police, Adam makes a deal with a demon to offer him superhuman strength and dark powers to avenge his wife. In exchange for power, Adam must obey the demon’s wishes.  It doesn’t take long before a bloody war is waged on the mafia.

 

It’s a movie like “Adam Chaplin: Violent Avenger” that showcases exactly what’s wrong in the genre today. The film lacks any true substance in order to tell a compelling or even remotely entertaining story.  Elements of the film feel completely ripped off from past fare such as “The Crow” which makes you wish you were watching a film that good.  The excessive amount of blood and gore is absurdly over the top and not in a fun way at all.  Gallons of red stuff is sprayed in practically every scene just for the sake of embellishment which bores you to tears.  The design of certain characters looks like something taken straight out of a Rob Zombie film although at a much cheaper budget.  As Adam tracks the murderer of his wife, he combats countless evil henchmen in scenes that are so laughably bad they look like a “Mortal Kombat” game on acid.  The low-budget of the film also paves the way for some awful CG use in the form of victims being burned alive and gun shootouts. “Adam Chaplin: Violent Avenger” tries to be so many dark and twisted things but ends up being a 90 minute piece of trash that is hell-bent on drowning its audience in blood that looks more like red Gatorade. To say that this film was an utter waste of time might be an understatement.

 

 

Audio/Video (2/5)

“Adam Chaplin: Violent Avenger” is presented in anamorphic widescreen (1:78:1).  This low-budget cheapie was shot digitally and looks pretty awful from a visual standpoint.  Black levels look badly crushed and a very pixilated appearance is apparent throughout the film.  Most of the time it’s difficult to even make out what you’re looking at but considering the quality of the film, that might not be so bad after all.

RATING: 1/5

The film is presented with a standard Stereo soundtrack in its native Italian language which comes with optional English and French subtitles.  The track sounds fine, but nothing that ever knocked me off my socks.

RATING: 3/5

 

EXTRAS (1/5)

“Adam Chaplin: Violent Avenger” comes with a batch of forgettable fluff pieces that are almost as pointless as the film itself.

 

    • - H.A.B.S (Hyper-Realistic Anime Blood Simulation) Featurette
  • - Mechanisms of Gore
  • - From Idea to Screen
  • - Building Up Adam
  • - Scene Autopsy
  • - Trailer
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OVERALL (1/5)

It’s no mystery that I absolutely loathed “Adam Chaplin: Violent Avenger”.  The film made a poor attempt at telling an entertaining narrative instead choosing to throw gallons of blood at the screen with laughable imagery. This low-budget mess felt like torture to get through with its awful acting and even worse special FX. Autonomy Pictures’ presentation of the film is below standards in its video quality making it hard to even see at times.  I’m not quite sure what audience “Adam Chaplin: Violent Avenger” is trying to appeal to but it certainly wasn’t me. It’s an over the top bloodfest that should be avoided at all costs.

     

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