The Six Shooter: Vigilantes
Hello everyone, And welcome to the September edition of Six Shooter! I hope your having a fantastic day and that in reading this it will get just a little better. So with out further adieu let’s jump in shall we…
Websters defines a Vigilante as such: “a member of a volunteer committee organized to suppress and punish crime summarily (as when the processes of law are viewed as inadequate); broadly : a self-appointed doer of justice.”
Now in film there are thousands of said vigilantes that pop into mind so this should be an easy Six Shooter list to compile, maybe even with few surprises)…
6. Death Wish (1974)
This 1974 film is a stand out vigilante film. Also it is a movie that I had never seen until I started to do some research for this column. Having said that, I am very surprised I didn’t view it sooner. This film struck me as very different than most vigilante films of my era (late 80’s & 90’s) which seem to be body count driven. This was much darker to me for some reason. Maybe because it seemed very real. Its seems to me like we could all be Paul Kersey in the wrong circumstance. I will say that for some reason I was let down by the fact that the muggers that started it all never got what was coming to them. But this movie seemed to be more about how things can change a man more than revenge.
5. Batman (1989)
“You ever dance with the devil in the pail moon light?” Classic line from a classic character in a classic movie. This film is a stand out to most Batman fans as the best among them. And with good reason, Jack Nicholson was a fantastic Joker and although at the time a lot of people scoffed at the idea of a Michael Keaton Batman, in my opinion he is one of if not the best on screen Dark Knights. Its easy to see why Batman would make this list, I mean his whole life is dedicated to the idea of justice outside of the law. But the main reason this particular movie makes it is because you see who starts it and you see them get paid for it. I mean you have to kinda overlook the fact that Batman straight up tries to kill the Joker, which is very un-Batman like. But still a great movie.
4. John Wick (2014)
I’m actually watching his movie right now! What can I say except John Wick is a bad dude and why would you ever tick him off? John Wick (The sixth John played by Keanu Reeves) Went on such an epic vengeful rampage that he made a father Viggo Tarasov give his son over to death just so he could escape. You would have thought that would be enough for old Viggo to leave John to his grief, but no he had to push just a little further and ended up meeting the reaper after all. If you are not a Keanu Reeves fan, after this film you probably will be.
3. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Kill Bill gets a lot of love from me, which is funny considering how I didn’t want to watch it cause I thought the name was stupid. So I wont spend a lot of time on it. Anyway, the first film in the story has some epic fight scenes. The Vernita Green and The House of the Blue Leaves scenes were epic enough to support Kill Bill being on this list. But in my option Vol.2 is actually the better revenge film.
2. The Punisher (2004)
So I’d just like to say that I would have loved to put Dolph Lundgren’s Punisher or Ray Stevenson’s WAR ZONE on here but to be honest its been forever sinceI’ve seen the Lundgren one and although WAR ZONE is epic. I have such fond memories of the Thomas Jane one that I can pass it up. I know the fans of the Punisher comic are not big fans of this one for many reasons which I wont deny. But let’s be honest, this is an epic revenge film. Take away the fact that the leads name is Frank Castle everything he did to Howard Saint screams beautiful vengeance. That being said if you need your fill of comic book Frank Castle I suggest WAR ZONE or get into the Daredevil season 2!
1. The Crow (1994)
“People once believed that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can’t rest. Then sometimes, just sometimes, the crow can bring that soul back to put the wrong things right.” In a world where the Police can’t keep up with the crime rate, Devil’s Night is all out chaos. Eric Draven and Shelly Webster find that out the hard way. This movie is is the epitome of a vigilante film. It surpasses physical and goes into spiritual to get justice. Sadly as The Crow left us so did Brandon Lee.
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