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Kam Williams’s “Gruesome Revenge” Is a Critique FAIL

In response to Kam Williams’s 388‑word review of Out of the Furnace on

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Oh, c‘mon. Is this what film criticism has come to? Kam Williams barely gives an effort in the absolutely weak “Ex-Con Searches for Missing Sibling in Gruesome Revenge Thriller.”

Although Williams bring the visual heat to Gruesome Revenge, the work is five paragraphs of summary and two-and-a-half paragraphs of “criticism.” That’s it. There is not other way to put it—it’s simply weak.

Williams fails to produce any type of argument at the onset of Gruesome Revenge, and just attacks the reader with plot summary. It’s a clear case of poor review game, which is the equivalent of approaching a stranger at a bar and immediately invading their space.

There is not much to say about Gruesome Revenge after the five paragraphs of plot summary. Williams acknowledges the director Scott Coooper, which is a plus, but is unable to say anything noteworthy about his work in the film.

Williams says absolutely nothing about the performances in Gruesome Revenge, and the common reader may wonder if Christian Bale and Casey Affleck are actually in the film.

Gruesome Revenge offers a bit of dressed up writing after the unbelievably boring plot summary, but it just seems like an attempt to qualify as a “review” without actually working too hard. After all, film criticism is about “critique,” right?  There is little in Williams’ piece. One can certainly appreciate the visuals evoked by “character-driven splatterfest,” but the entire work offers nothing to the reader.

Gruesome Revenge is a joke and could be accomplished by anybody.    

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