Blu-ray Review: VIGILANTE DIARIES

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VIGILANTE DIARIES was directed by Christian Sesma from a script he wrote with Paul Sloan who also stars alongside Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Michael Jai White, Jason Mewes, Mike Hatton, Jessica Uberuaga, Levy Tran and Michael Madsen.

Possible spoilers ahead! The movie follows former black-ops agent turned crime fighter known as The Vigilante (Paul Sloan) who has to be rescued by his former black-ops team in the beginning of the movie. As soon as he’s rescued and back home, someone else gets abducted and the next rescue plan has to be put in place. Michael Hanover (Jason Mewes), a Beverly Hills documentary filmmaker that has been covering The Vigilante’s adventures is the next person to get kidnapped but it doesn’t take long for the good guys to locate and extract him. Next up are The Vigilante’s wife and baby who get kidnapped and once again he trusts into action to not only save the day but to get some sweet revenge on the ruthless Armenian mobsters behind it.

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The Vigilante’s action-packed adventures takes him all around the world; from Los Angeles to far-flung locales including Iraq, Armenia, Russia, and the UK. As he and his team battles it out with the Armenian mob, the anti-hero also has to deal with a few other shady sleazeballs who want nothing more than to put a stop to his heroics so they can dish out more chaos and terrorism around the world. Remember, there’s always a puppet master behind the curtain pulling the strings! Ultimately, The Vigilante and his team not only put a stop to the Armenian mob headache but he finally comes face-to-face with the person that has been playing him the entire time and these two are no strangers.

Vigilante Diaries started out as a web series and now we have this action movie that also packs a fun sense of humor. We’ve gotten plenty of action movies over the years where the hero has to go rescue someone close to him that has been kidnapped. We’ve also watched the hero get kidnapped himself. So, the story wasn’t all that original but the movie itself was still a lot of fun. The movie takes place all over the globe and is loaded with intense action scenes, a wild amount of gun fire, all kinds of explosions, and even some state of the art technology. The team features a cast of colorful, dangerous, and hilarious characters with names like Wolfman, Tex-Mex, The Kid, and The Geek. Gotta love the nicknames! There’s also the ladies; Raven, Red, Jade, and The Kid 2.0. Vigilante Diaries is heavy on the testosterone but it is balanced out nicely with lots of sex appeal courtesy of the beautiful femme fatales.

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The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues at all with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Vigilante Diaries is an action movie that’ll definitely remind the viewer of the ones from the 80’s and early 90’s. Sure, the story isn’t that original but the movie itself is non-stop action and craziness. While the movie is non-stop action, it also has a sense of humor and lots of sex appeal that helps balance everything out. Christian Sesma did a good job capturing all the goods that make up this fun popcorn action romp. Paul Sloan also did a really good job in this action hero role that would make Sly and Arnie proud. Like any movie, this one isn’t without its flaws, with the biggest one being some of the acting. Even though the characters were all interesting and fun to follow, not all of the acting was spot on. To make up for this shortcoming were the bullets, explosions, and ample amounts of skin. The Punisher meets The Expendables is exactly how I would describe Vigilante Diaries. Sure, the movie has its flaws but it was still a cheesy fun watch that never slowed down. This Blu-ray releases on July 5th and is worth a watch.

Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Run Time: 108 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Special Features:

  • Behind-the-Scenes featurette (o7:27)

 

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