Once upon a time in Hollywood, action stars went by the name “Stallone”, “Schwarzenegger”, “Van Damme”.
Names that bring the pain and everyone wanted to see. Now it’s 2021 and Hollywood is progressive and woke meaning instead of getting real men to play our bone crushing action heroes…we get Ruby Rose.
Ruby Rose is the progressive checkbox action hero that diversity hires in Hollywood love. She’s gay, she’s foreign, she has a boy haircut which makes her the perfect embodiment of what Hollywood wants to push despite the fact that she has the acting ability of Plank from Ed, Edd, and Eddy.
Sure, let’s create a micro-budget movie, turn Ruby Rose a stone cold assassin, and put Morgan Freedom in the film who looks like he’s sitting at home waiting for COVID to take him to the promised land, what could possibly go wrong?
Vanquish stars Ruby Rose as Victoria, a mother who is trying to put her dark past as a Russian drug courier behind her. However, retired cop Damon (Freeman) forces Victoria to do his bidding by holding her daughter hostage…from his wheelchair. Now, Victoria must use guns, guts, and a motorcycle to take out a series of violent gangsters or she may never see her child again.
Vanquish is an awful film, not a “so bad it’s good” film, just plain awful.
From the jump, we are treated to a FIVE MINUTE OPENING CREDIT SEQUENCE that will have you begging for the end before the first shot of our lead character is even taken.
The movie was filmed during COVID so you can see the awkward “social distancing” mandates in the film that instantly makes this movie unbelieveable…you know, outside the fact that Ruby Rose is playing John Wick. After the failures of Batwoman, Hollywood just won’t give up on trying to make Ruby Rose a thing. Ruby is so wooden as an actress, nothing she does looks real which is why her best role came in John Wick 2 where she didn’t say a word. The film had to put her next to YouTube stars such as Hannah Stocking in order to make her work look professional.
The action is awful, the script is terrible, the filmmaking techniques around COVID is jarring, Morgan Freeman looks like he doesn’t even want to be in this film, who thought this project would be a good idea? You know who.
Vanquish is exactly what happens when people try to make movies based on agenda and not the art of filmmaking.