Directed by: Craig F. Watkins
Written by: Craig F. Watkins
Genre: Short / Thriller
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A man and woman sitting in a bar over a few drinks. A typical and painfully normal scenario for anyone who has ever been on a second or third date, a first date or even a blind date. It's probably even more common for those who regularly hook up. No strings or commitments, just right down to it. As this 'pairing couple' attempts some small talk over drinks, it becomes very obvious that Vanessa (Laura Ellis) is tired of the chatter; wanting to get her 'date' out of the bar and into the bedroom. Jeremy (Michael Pearson) has no problems with that. Why would he? It's not his first rodeo. With that, the 2 exit stage left.
Unbeknownst to Jeremy is that he is no stranger to Vanessa. She knows 'exactly' who he is and the entire 'date' has been a sting. Once alone with her target, Vanessa finally reveals herself to be 'the' Vigilante of this movies title. It appears that not only is Jeremy more than a little obnoxious, but that he's also been a very bad boy. Real justice was never really received for his crime and what happened afterwards? Much worse. It's time he paid the price and Vanessa is more than ready to cash that check.
I wish I could write that this title scores major points for originality. It does not. Craig F. Watkins plays it safe with a common concept, and relies on his cast and production crew to pull off the big win. Mostly it works. But still barely manages to hold on during it's extended character introduction. The 'common' bar scene felt stretched out simply to extend the length of this title; but things pick up quickly when that's finally over.
The Vigilante is also not scared of what it shows onscreen. Anyone reading this should be warned that there is some nudity. It's quick. It's horror themed and gruesome; but it exists and is very effective. Like a punch in the face. The final few minutes of this title will make most men cringe; and maybe a few woman as well. This is all tempered with a 'this guy deserves what he gets' attitude that works uncomfortably well. Laura Ellis has no trouble proving she really 'is' a bad ass doing the work of angels. In her mind.
The Vigilante is a short, short film that has an ass kicking final act. This title also looks and sounds great; and although terribly unoriginal conceptually, it more than makes up for it in other ways. Ride on Vanessa. Ride on.