There Are No Saints (The Jesuit) – Review

There Are No Saints (The Jesuit) - Review

There Are No Saints (The Jesuit) – Review

The new film directed by Alfonso Pineda Ulloa is ready for release this week, and as a revenge movie fan, I had high hopes. With a screenplay by gritty veteran Paul Schrader (The Last Temptation of Christ, Taxi Driver), and featuring a vintage cast of hard men, such as Tim Roth, Ron Perlman and Neal McDonough, you would hope this movie of vengeance would pack a punch.

However, it comes up more playground thumb war. And like that game of childhood, this tired format seems to belong in the past. The hard and vulgar cock-a-nayy dialogue from the protagonist lawyer, “he confessed, cause he’s got cancer of the arsehole”, seems more B-movie from the noughties than something you would get in a similar era Tarantino, or Richie.

Much is the cinematography and editing. The clumsy juxtaposition of shots of mercenary catholic type torture, with a visit to the priest are too obvious. I also found the club scenes dated.

The crux of the story is a wrongfully imprisoned ex-con, released from jail in Texas with a reputation for torture, trying to get his life back and finding it isn’t going to happen. A dead wife and kidnapped son send him of a mission for avengement.

Although it was nice to see some faces, and I personally will watch anything with Tim Roth, I just couldn’t get emotionally involved with the protagonist ‘Niente aka The Jesuit’ – played by Jose Maria Yazpik. Sadly, for this type of movie to work, that is the essential element to keep the audience on-board.

Overall worth a watch if you want to see men, being MEN and girls playing the harlot/damsel….but not something to sink your teeth into.

There Are No Saints (The Jesuit) – Review

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