David Harbour as Santa Claus in ‘Violent Night’

David Harbour as Santa Claus in ‘Violent Night’
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I’d quite watch Die Hard a million instances. ‘Yippee Ki-Yay’ was the good antidote to the ugly jumper season. Violent Night in all probability started life like that, however the ultimate product is significantly dreadful. It is a sadistic, mean-spirited movie. By the time we discover that the blood cash is hidden in the Nativity scene and child Jesus is tipped out of his manger, you’re finished making excuses for this appalling providing.

Violent Night

Director: Tommy Wirkola

Cast: David Harbour, John Leguizamo, Alex Hassell, Alexis Louder, Edi Patterson, Cam Gigandet, Leah Brady, Beverly D’Angelo

Runtime: 112 minutes

Storyline: When loathsome wealthy individuals have their houses invaded by vicious thugs on Christmas Eve, they solely have a drunk, disillusioned Santa to name for assist

Violent Night begins with Santa (David Harbour), in a bar, moaning about grasping youngsters who he compares to little junkies in search of their subsequent consumerist repair. After giving the barkeep a present for her grandson, he’s off to the roof — a imply drunk identical to Superman. Just because the barkeep is trying dewy-eyed on the reindeer pulling the sleigh into the sky, Santa pukes throughout her. That close-up will positively do issues to your abdomen.

Cut to the phenomenally wealthy Lightstone house, the place the loathsome household has gathered for Christmas. There is the fearsome matriarch Gertrude (Beverly D’Angelo), who eats Senators as appetisers, her alcoholic daughter Alva (Edi Patterson), and her son Jason (Alex Hassell). Alva has come along with her second husband and motion star Morgan Steele (Cam Gigandet) and influencer teenage son Bert (Alexander Elliot). Though estranged, Jason and his spouse Linda (Alexis Louder) are collectively for the weekend for his or her daughter Trudy’s (Leah Brady) sake.

As the household trades insults and the celebration is getting underway, mercenaries infiltrate the mansion and maintain them hostage. Trudy believes in Santa although her father tells her he doesn’t exist, and therefore Santa takes a break from consuming costly Scotch and barfing to save lots of Christmas and the Lightstones in the method.

Even although Trudy believes in Santa and is on his Nice record, she devises some not-very-nice, and different downright vicious booby traps for the goons — she has taken her classes properly from Home Alone apparently. Everyone has a again story, from the vicious gunmen to their chief, Scrooge (John Leguizamo), and Santa, who earlier than being the jolly red-suited bearded man, was a tattooed warrior with a hammer known as — no, not Mjölnir — Skull Crusher.

There is admittedly nothing to redeem in this never-ending movie. A sadistic Santa who likes to look at individuals get blown up and electrocutes dangerous guys by stabbing them with a star isn’t what I need for Christmas.

Violent Night is presently operating in theatres

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