I was bummed that I didn’t watch VIOLENT NIGHT in theaters but ecstatic when I got the screener for its January 20 release on digital. When I tell you the film is the good, thrilling time I was expecting, I tell no lies! “Violent Night” is Die Hard meets Home Alone meets Panic Room meets Miracle on 34th Street and wickedly fun – no wonder the producers of both John Wick and Nobody are behind it.
The film follows a drunk and disgruntled Santa Claus (David Harbour, Black Widow, Stranger Things) on his Christmas delivery journey, which happens to include a home whose wealthy inhabitants are being held hostage by a team of mercenaries.
Throw in family drama, a hidden stash of cash, a bit of comedy and gore – and a child’s innocent belief in Santa – and you have one thrilling holiday ride of a film.
Definitely not for the timid or faint of heart, “Violent Night” is a treasure for those who enjoy a bit of R-rated content along with their holiday cheer.
It gets a solid 3.5 out of 5 beats on the MMTrometer from me.
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VIOLENT NIGHT is available now on digital, streaming on Peacock and releasing Tuesday, January 24 on Blu-ray and DVD.
Good luck! Thomasena