Most intimidating movie characters
There’s none of the bang-you’re-dead business; it’s years of imprisonment (Oldboy), group torture (Sympathy For Lady Vengeance) or, in the case of enraged spy in this gory revenger, meticulously planned mind games followed by Saw-style payoffs.The planned recipient here is Kyung-chul (Oldboy’s Choi Min-sik), a serial killer who makes the mistake of killing copper Soo-hyun’s other half, but simple death won’t do.– gas masks, so he’s in a strong position to do exactly that.“If the police don't defend us, maybe we ought to do it ourselves.” Despite being a conscientious objector during the Korean War, Paul Kersey (Bronson) takes to Gun Country, USA, with all alacrity of an NRA member when some street punks (look, it’s ruddy Jeff Goldblum) rape and murder his wife. Prepare to die.” Nestled in the middle of this beloved fairy tale, like a thistle strapped to a kitten, is a revenge quest both dark and deadly.“You're out of business, thief.” A tough ‘tec who’s a lot straighter than a few of his cop colleagues, Bannion goes a very long way off the reservation when gangland types accidentally blow up his wife instead of him.With nothing to lose and gangster’s moll Debby Marsh (Gloria Grahame) lending an erratic hand, the reprisals are swift and brutal in Fritz Lang’s noir classic.From those early astronauts in Méliès’s Trip To The Moon who got their revenge in first to the awesome avenging power of S. These are the questions Dae-su’s mission of mayhem answers. In a scenario later repeated in ‘70s schlocker The Last House On The Left, the perps unwittingly turn up at Töre’s house looking for lodging and deliver themselves into the hands of the avenger. The bad guys kill Dave Bannion’s (Ford) wife, Jocelyn Brando, in an explosion meant for him. “I don’t want your money, I want proof of life – or I’ll take apart your family piece by piece. In Walker’s (Marvin) case the dish is bullet-shaped and somewhere near freezing, as he relentlessly, and without any discernible emotion, pursues the men who stitched him up, stole his loot and left him for dead. “Anyone here with an AB blood type, raise your hand.” The second part of Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance Trilogy is an elliptical journey, transforming a schlebby salaryman into a one-man maelstrom of carnage and unleashing him on… Who are the bad people behind his incarceration, what do they want and, more importantly, how do they respond to a claw hammer in the face? You allowed it.” Ingmar Bergman’s Taken features Max von Sydow in the Bryan Mills role as a dad questing bloody revenge for the fate of his innocent daughter.
She has a cold fury, calcified over several years after the fateful nuptials, that manifests in (super)heroic feats of fighting, killing and heart exploding. Bill should have just shown up to the wedding with a pressie like everyone else.
The punishment, as Bane would say, must be more severe.
"I've killed a hell of a lot of people to get to this point, but I have only one more.
And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next." In the old days, a gladiator’s life involved a lot more than just running up travelators in tight-fitting spandex. He just wants to inflict the maximum fear and, preferably, death upon the casual thugs who tormented his beloved brother.
There was the whole fight-to-the-death thing and those huge men trying to trident you into the afterlife… In this kill-or-be-killed world Maximus (Crowe) plots a means of revenge that doesn’t sacrifice his honour, a noble task made much harder by his sly adversary, Commodus (Phoenix), who couldn’t even spell the word. He’s just back from a stint in the army and has a ready supply of weapons and – eek!
While their motivations might be wildly different, ranging from saving a loved one to getting revenge to protecting the world at large, cinema’s coolest badasses are united in their unwillingness to compromise for what they’re fighting for and the awesome ways in which they fight for it, and we're just lucky enough to be along for the ride.