Brad is a cop who's seen too much. He's no stranger to undercover work and is an all-around great cop. His partner, however, is wanting out. He's decided to pick family over the job finally, and his mind is made up. In true cop movie cliche fashion, Brad's partner is killed in the line of duty - one month before ending his undercover career in one piece. For Brad, the loss of his partner has made him rethink his own life, and with the news that his wife is pregnant, he wants off the undercover beat. His bosses? They have other plans. The powers that be want just one more undercover operation - one more big hurrah before Brad can finally get his own life in order.
However, the road to trust when undercover is a tough one. For Brad to show his legitimacy, he must execute the man who vouched for him - which Brad does. Well, reader, not really. Brad actually lets the man go free, but now he's in - he's proven himself a fellow criminal. Or so he thinks. As the weeks go by, Brad is almost discovered but is now outright suspected of being a rat cop. After enduring some torture, Brad thinks he's got things in the bag - but these criminals are no idiots, and Brad is sure they know. So what's in store for our unlucky undercover cowboy? Nothing good, I assure you, especially when family becomes involved. But you'll simply have to watch "Vengeance is my Name" to find out the bloody details. Believe me, when I write, you won't be disappointed. Thor Moreno's low-budget indie flick is full of grit, violence, and heart. It's not just a good micro movie - it's a good movie, period.
Thor Moreno's film doesn't set out to fool anyone into thinking it's not a low-budget flick, but along the way, that "B" look and feel seems to vanish. Mostly. I believe that's because once you're "into" the film, you stop noticing the little details that usually give away a micro-budget venture. It also helps that Moreno seems to lean into its low-budget status. This is a gritty movie, and that feeling only adds to the experience. It also doesn't hurt that the vast majority of the acting is pretty damn stellar. Let's face it, reader, a lot can be forgiven if the characters themselves seem real, and in this case, they do—one hundred percent. There's also no denying the visual style of Thor Moreno himself. This film is dark and can be very brutal - but if you're watching it's because you know what kind of film this is and will be hoping for as much. "Vengeance is my Name" is not for the faint of heart ... and I loved every moment of it.
Well written, nicely acted, and presented with a definite flare, "Vengeance is my Name" will hit the spot for more than a few. It's a great way to blow off some steam, and if the genre is your thing, you'll have no problem recommending this flick to friends. I know I sure don't. Thor Moreno and his troupe have hit a home run with this one. Well done. Four out of five stars.