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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

Violent Night (2022) - Sleigh Bells Ring, Are You Gunfire?

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars)

Released 12-02-2022

Watched 11-21-2023

Reviewed 12-04-2023

Watched on Prime Video

"Alright, who the hell are you really, huh? Some security guard who's watched too many action flicks? Some loser ex-cop stuck in a mall playing dress-up with fat kids pissing on your lap? Stop me when I get it right."

"Violent Night," directed by Tommy Wirkola and penned by Pat Casey and Josh Miller, is a thrilling Christmas action comedy that turns the festive season on its head. Starring David Harbour in a groundbreaking role as Santa Claus, the film introduces an unexpected twist to the traditional holiday narrative. When an elite team of mercenaries, led by the menacing Scrooge, portrayed compellingly by John Leguizamo, invades a family compound on Christmas Eve, they're in for a surprise. Santa Claus is on the premises, and he's not the jolly old man we all know.

Harbour's Santa is a force to be reckoned with, bringing a gritty and raw energy to the character. He's ably supported by a strong cast, including Alex Hassell as Jason and Alexis Louder as Linda, who add depth to the story. Edi Patterson's portrayal of Alva provides a touch of humor amidst the chaos.

The film brilliantly balances blood, gore, and strong language with irreverent humor and engaging storytelling. It's a perfect adult Christmas movie, ideal for watching while wrapping gifts - though definitely not suitable for kids or the squeamish. The action sequences are well-executed, and the film never takes itself too seriously, making for an entertaining watch.

With rumors of a sequel featuring Mrs. Claus and the elves, "Violent Night" promises to evolve into a cult classic. This movie is a must-watch for those who enjoy a good action-packed, unconventional Christmas story. It's an adrenaline-pumping ride that will keep you engaged from start to finish, making it a unique addition to the holiday movie genre.

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