Written By Ashley Mattews
Domestic abuse is the mere symbol of ineptitude. Violence, brought
into the world in this manner, is the representation of the inequities of a
A Vigilante is a gripping psychological drama starring Olivia Wilde
that premiered in 2018 and was directed by Sarah Daggar-Nickson. Now
available on Amazon Prime, this independent film raises the vital question,
when is “too far, far enough”?
From the opening shot on screen, the film sweeps the viewer out from
under their feet and plummets them into a tremendously emotional and
violent atmosphere that seems to permeate off-screen. Having escaped from her abusive spouse, Sadie, portrayed by Wilde, is on a path of vengeance for victims that have undergone the ill-fated circumstance of a similar trauma. Attempting to lie low beneath the radar, Sadie lives within a constant exchange of cash-only transactions, subtle cues, and tremoring rage.
Throughout the film characters recall their abuse in a pseudo therapy
session, which causes one to feel as if these were true stories with genuine
victims. The film showcases precise editing and stoically tempered acting,
that while vivid, allows the viewer to run alongside the disturbingly heart
broken Sadie, the films ‘play no games, while taking names’ heroine.
A vigilante for the downtrodden and abused, Sadie’s undeterred fury
summons the courage to vanquish the transgressions subjected upon those
who have been deemed “weak”. As the film evolves, viewers discover that
she aims to hold onto a rare and beautiful memory of her past, the life of her son. While traveling anxiously and with cause, in the midst of her travels one day, she comes face to face with her haunting abuser for one last
encounter that truly does not disappoint in its vindication.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, close
to 20 individuals per minute in the U.S. alone are physically abused by an
intimate partner. The accounts of abuse are staggering, with 1 in 3 women
and 1 in 4 men, facing physical violence from a partner.
Domestic abuse not only destroys the body, it traumatizes the soul. In
a struggle of control and power, the effects can be not only overpowering,
but also deadly.
So in a world blinded with injustice, how can we see the light?
If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence or
abuse, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1800-799-
SAFE (7233) or online at www.thehotline.org.