Ms .45

Ms .45 ★★★½

Abel Ferrara's rape and revenge thriller plays out something like a twisted feminist fairytale as our lead heroine takes revenge on the entire male population after being raped twice in one day. As with most of the director's films, a very gritty realisation of New York is shown. The film delights in showing the titular character take her mission to the furthest extremes; at times it feels like a biting satire. The lead character is mute so the film doesn't rely too much on dialogue, taking a visual approach to storytelling instead. The film is very short at about eighty minutes and that's in its favour as it's all very stripped down and to the point. I don't think this is a high point of the director's career but it's very worthwhile and I'm not surprised that it's one his most popular films.

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