DVD Review “Monika

monikaActors: C. Thomas Howell, Cerina Vincent, Jason Wiles, Lew Temple
Directors: Steven R. Monroe
Rated: Unrated
Studio: Inception Media Group
DVD Release Date: September 9, 2014
Run Time: 90 minutes

Our Score: 2.5 out of 5 stars

From the premise of “Monika” is from director, Steven R. Monroe, is the guy behind the 2010 remake of “I Spit On Your Grave” and it stars Jason Wiles (“Third Watch”) and Cerina Vincent (“Cabin Fever”). Cerina is extremely bad-ass in the role but I feel like she was under used. According to the cover art, it shows her and only her but she is more supporting than lead in the film. The story is a bit confusing and the twist honestly comes a little too late to be effective enough. I was left curious and scratching my head with questions for too long. Worth renting if you are looking for some decent action but just don’t expect too much.

Official Premise: Reagan Tyler is a man troubled by visions and premonitions. In a cheap Las Vegas motel, he meets Monika, a beautiful young woman with seduction and revenge on her mind. Their brief encounter draws Regan into a surreal cat and mouse hunt for the hit-man who had earlier murdered Monika’s sister. In the best tradition of grind-house action, Monika takes Reagan on her mission for justice and she isn’t afraid to spill blood along the way. In this full throttle assassin meets assassin showdown, Monika packs a secret more powerful than her guns…she just may be invincible.

I was really hoping for a hardcore revenge thriller ala “Kill Bill” but due to the story issues, I was really not get into this film much. I was excited to see Cerina show off her fancy gun work. In fact for the film, she actually went to train shooting prior to shooting, so that is some dedication. I think if they would have focused more on Cerina’s character and went a bit easier with the plot twists, this could have been much more effective. There are no special features included on this DVD.

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