Sword of Vengeance (2015)
From the creator of ‘Hammer of the Gods’, starring Stanley Weber and Annabelle Wallis, the subjects of a ruthless tyrant’s oppression discover an unlikely freedom fighter whose code of honor demands bloody retribution.
“Tell your father the Gods can no longer wait.”
The whole story is set in medieval England after the Battle of Hastings. Saxon England was defeated by William the Conqueror and is being suppressed by this merciless ruler in a rather barbaric way. In the north the English population is being exploited, murdered and humiliated by Earl Durant and his sons Lord Artus and Romain . As the introduction tells us there are mass killings, called The Harrowing, happening everyday and the locals are living in appalling conditions. Until one day a stranger appears and slaughters a few of Durant’s men. This warrior, called Shadow Walker, is a sort of “Conan” but less muscular and proud owner of a for that time fashionable hairstyle. Eventually he appears to be on a personal quest and he manages to gather some villagers around him to take revenge on Durant.
The biggest flaw of this film is perhaps the simplistic and linear storyline. In terms of content there’s nothing much to see and don’t expect cunningly elaborated developments or characters. The emphasis is on the confrontation which means considerable swinging around with iron swords and other medieval weapons. It’s a concatenation of splashing mud, blood and spit (in slow motion of course). One can safely compared it to a game like “Ryse: Son of Rome”. Brutal, gray and bloody with saber-rattling as a central theme. A not so original film, probably appreciated by the fans of this sub-genre. It’s therefore unnecessary to discuss about acting performance as this was elaborated to the barest minimum. Tough body language is mixed with sometimes rather idiotic sounding dialogues.
Stanley Weber looks like an unshakable battering ram who rushes straight to his goal and mercilessly makes sure that every opponent bites the dust. A kind of conqueror in his own personal territory. Annabelle Wallis as Anna (recently acting in the movie “Annabelle“) is part of the tribe that captures Shadow Walker. Afterwards they choose to stand next to him. She tries to play a temperamental and stubborn woman, but still looks a little too soft for that. The rest of the cast is just side issue. No memorable performances there.“Sword of Vengeance” is not a bad medieval action movie, but the end result is still a sort of go-for-it-without-thinking film.