Action Fantasia Festival

Fantasia Festival Review: ‘For the Sake of Vicious’

September 3, 2020Ben MK

Halloween is traditionally the time of year when one opens their door to greet visitors looking for candy treats by the bucketful. But in For the Sake of Vicious, viewers are treated to buckets of blood instead, in this riveting suspense thriller about a nurse who finds herself caught in the middle of a violent confrontation.

Romina (Lora Burke) isn't one to bring her work home with her, but when she returns home from her shift to find Chris (Nick Smyth), the father of one of her patients, frantic and holding a bloodied and bruised man named Alan (Colin Paradine) hostage in her house, she quickly discovers that there are a lot worse things than a little overtime. Accusing Alan of sexually assaulting his daughter, Chris is adamant that he's in the right; but when his story is examined more closely, it would appear that even Chris might not be trustworthy. Before long, however, the situation goes from bad to worse, as masked intruders descend upon Romina's home, turning her quiet suburban sanctuary into a no-holds-barred battle to the death.

Directed by Gabriel Carrer and Reese Eveneshen, For the Sake of Vicious asks moviegoers how far they're willing to go in order to survive. As this pulse-pounding twist on the home-invasion thriller genre shows us, however, no matter what your answer there's always someone who's willing to go further.

For the Sake of Vicious makes its world premiere at the 2020 Fantasia International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 21 min.

You May Also Like