I first heard about Prevenge a few weeks ago when it was showing at SXSW. I started to see a lot of online buzz about this movie about a pregnant woman on a killing spree, and my interest was piqued. That interest was only made stronger by the fact that my wife was 4 months pregnant at the time.
So what is Prevenge? I first read that it was a slasher flick. Then I read that it was a dark comedy. Well, it's both of those and neither of those. There are definitely slasher elements, and a lot of dark humor, but I would also say this is also a revenge movie and an exploration into loss an depression.
I finally got to sit down and watch Prevenge today, and I was happy that it lived up to the hype. The movie starts out with Ruth (Alice Lowe) visiting a creep in a reptile shop. He makes himself very hateable, and she quickly kills him off. Throughout this opening scene, her mind is flashing back to what appears to be the death of a loved one, who we learn is the father of her child.
This is just the start of the killing spree. Very quickly we hear Ruth's unborn daughter speaking to her, guiding her in her quest. There are snippets of this in the previews for the movie, but when I heard that baby speak in the movie, shivers ran down my spine.
Prevenge is peppered with lots of dark, dry humor ("Kids today are so demanding. Mummy, buy me a Playstation. Mummy, kill that man"). This is used very well to lighten the mood at the right times.
As the story unfolds, we get insights into Ruth's mind and what is driving her. She really does become that anti-hero we all love in these types of movies. Even though she's out murdering people, you find yourself rooting for her and you find yourself looking forward to who she's going after next.
Do yourself a favor and go watch Prevenge. And if you know someone who is pregnant, be extra nice to them!
Prevenge (2017) - Directed by Alice Lowe. Fresnerd Grade: B (Related link: How We Grade Movies)