As movie fans, action movies are part of a well balanced diet. Guns can be horrible in real life but in movies they are the perfect devices for well-choreographed action sequences. Fight scenes are awesome but there is nothing like a good gunfight. Especially in films that are all out crazy action like Smokin’ Aces, any John Woo movie, Shoot ‘em Up, The Raid films or even bigger films like The Matrix or Wanted (one of my personal faves). This month we have a new flick hitting shelves that is nice and cozy sandwiched right in between any of these films and has a great cast of genre character actors to boot.
Vigilante Diaries is the story of a team of former black ops soldiers turned crime fighters led by a brooding man known only as ‘The Vigilante’ (Paul Sloan). Their missions take them all across the globe but their deadliest mission to date involves an ballsy filmmaker, Michael Hanover (Jason Mewes) known for his web coverage of The Vigilante when he terminates a criminal with deep connections that triggers a bloodbath involving the Armenian mob, Mexican cartels, Special Forces commandos and a very conspiracy that may end up endangering millions of lives.
If you dig films like Smokin’ Aces, you will love Vigilante Diaries. This is exactly the same type of adrenaline fueled, no holds barred, 80s style action movie. And while the story may be convoluted and a little thin, it has what it takes where it matters, in the action sequences. Not to mention you have a great cast here that chews up every scene with guys like Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, Michael Jai White, Michael Madsen, and James Russo. One scene alone of Michael Jai White calmly walking through a building in a finely tailored suit and picking off soldier after soldier is worth the price of the movie. If you have been craving some straight up, fun as heck action amidst all the blockbuster superhero movies and summer reboots and sequels, Vigilante Diaries might just do the trick. Recommended.