Streets of Vengeance
101+ min. Paul Ragsdale & , dist. by Olive Films, olivefilms.com. 2018. DVD UPC 887090703901. $19.95; Blu-ray UPC 887090704007. $24.95. SDH subtitles. ACTION/HorrOR
After a successful career in adult entertainment, Mila (Delawna McKinney) wants out to explore the next phase of her life. During her well-wishing retirement dinner thrown by fellow performers, she is slipped a drug, secretly maneuvered out of the establishment, and delivered to a maniac. This lunatic has been preying on local women as part of a sect of twisted misogynists known as the Sword, men so fearful of women's sexuality that they have coordinated brutal murders across the country. Mila is able to defend herself and kill the creep, but after gaining full knowledge of the group's fatal attractions, she assembles all her friends from her porn life to create their own army to dismantle the Sword. Can the tough heroines deliver a finishing blow?
VERDICT Spirited homage to the 1980s-era action movie style, this empowering gut-punch offers emotional resonance and promotes agency for marginalized women delivered beneath the neon pop culture glow of the revenge adventure film.

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