A Vigilante (2018)
IMDb rating: 5.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 92%Watch full movie now
Olivia Wilde, who you’ll recognise as Devon Finestra in HBO’s Vinyl, and who went on to direct the witty comedy Booksmart in 2019, stars as Sadie in this tense, gripping thriller about a survivor of domestic abuse who helps other victims to escape their abusers.
She spends months training in martial arts, survival skills and boxing, and returns to fulfil her life’s mission – to free women who were just like herself from danger.
The New York Post writes, “The film manages to be both hopeful and devastating – and recommended viewing for anyone who subscribes to the facile notion that abused women should ‘just leave'”, while the New York Times says, “Vigilantism is a questionable fantasy of empowerment, but [writer-director Sarah] Daggar-Nickson makes her movie (largely) work by keeping everything – her antihero, the registers of violence – austere and persuasively low key.”