Sometimes it pays to have a clue so you can set your expectations. In this case, picture a showdown where all the bad guys converge on one location with the aim to taking down anybody they find. It’s the messed up, gory bloodfest you find at the very end of your action film. Now imagine a movie based entirely upon that massacre and you have this film. Don’t say you were not warned.

(Source: Fantasia Film Festival)

For The Sake Of Vicious was written and directed by Gabriel Carrer and Reese Eveneshen. Romina (Lora Burke) is a nurse coming back home on Halloween to find two people have invaded her apartment. A deranged father named Chris (Nick Smith) has beaten up and kidnapped a guy named Alan (Colin Paradine), accusing him of raping his daughter. Romina is found in the middle of this mess without knowing who to trust. Alan has managed to call his business associate for help, which unfortunately for all three means there are bad people with bad intentions on the way.

This one is a rollercoaster that starts already close to the peak. You’re in for a wild, violent ride where people will get bruised, slashed and shot from beginning to end. The film only gives us a few minutes to breathe before the tensions escalate again. That means you can eschew the plot having ramifications. The more people get into the house the less people will survive. This is almost an all-out war.

I’ve been a fan of Lora Burke since Poor Agnes (Fantasia 2017) and Lifechanger (Fantasia 2018). She’s also a badass in this movie. I even commented in the Q&A that she should have been given an axe, because I assure you she can use one. That being said, this is not really a film that allows for time for character development, although she still does a phenomenal work with her character. I hope she gets a role where she gets to stretch her acting prowess further very soon.

Strongly recommended for an adrenaline rush with reservations. This one is only for lovers of strong emotions and it will leave you breathless several times. It doesn’t spend any time in explaining itself. The brief moments of exposition are barely there. For some audiences, that will not be enough to get into it. I still say for movie fans of action/violence/gore this one is rush directly to the brain that they won’t want to miss.

That will do for now.