There Are No Saints: Review
Neto Niente (José María Yazpik) is a dangerous man and goes by the moniker, The Jesuit. Having been imprisoned for a long time, he’s looking forward to getting his life back on track. However, his wife, Nadia (Paz Vega) and son, Julio (Keidrich Sellati) have been kidnapped by an even more dangerous man named Sans (Ron Perlman) and taken to Mexico.
The Jesuit knows the reputation he has gained over the years, so using his talents and his contacts he does whatever he can to be reunited with his family.
There are No Saints (also known as The Jesuit) is an action revenge thriller directed by Alfonso Pineda Ulloa from a script by legendary screenwriter, Paul Schrader. The problem is that There are No Saints seems like something Paul Schrader could have written in his sleep and the cast have hardly bothered to wake up either.
There have been many revenger thrillers over the years and the most obvious comparisons are obviously Man on Fire and Taken. However, in comparison, There are No Saints is as weakly executed as it could have possibly been. Yazpik’s portrayal of a strong, stoic man who will do anything to get back his family could very well have been done as dark and brooding, but his portrayal seems so underplayed that his character barely registers with the audience.
There are of course moments of brutal violence and it seems that this is why the movie had been made. However, even these scenes seem cliché and predictable as The Jesuit goes from one random thug to the next and revels in torture much more than he does the anguish over his family.
There are a few cameos as well from Tim Roth, Tommy Flanagan and of course Ron Perlman, but the former seems to have only been inserted for some recognition and the latter comes across as the most underwhelming villain in recent history. This leaves Flanagan in the middle, quite literally being a middle man with a role as cliché as the rest.
There may be no saints, but there are definitely enough people who had nothing better to do.
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