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To hell with “all is calm.”

When a team of mercenaries breaks into a wealthy family compound on Christmas Eve, taking everyone inside hostage, the team isn’t prepared for a surprise combatant: Santa Claus (David Harbour, Black Widow, Stranger Things series) is on the grounds, and he’s about to show why this Nick is no saint.

What We Thought:

Violent Night is awesome. It’s exactly what I wanted it to be and it might actually be funnier than expected. It’s a mix of Home Alone, Die Hard and Bad Santa and will become a yearly tradition for me. David Harbour’s Santa is a new Christmas pop culture icon.

I love the crew at 87North. They are some of the best stunt people and stunt coordinators in the country. I loved Nobody, Deadpool 2 and of course all the John Wick films so I was eager to see what they would do with a Christmas movie. They did not disappoint. It’s a good combo of hand to hand fighting, gun play, Home Alone style traps and much more. They are the best in the business for a reason.

It gets violent at times, but it also has a ton of heart. That’s the surprising part of the film, it’s genuinely tender like a good Christmas movie. There’s a young girl in it who wants Santa to save her family and it’s her belief in him that gets good Ol’ St. Nick back in the game.

Plus it’s super funny. I found myself howling at the theater, clapping my hands and slapping my legs. Yeah a lot of the humor comes from the over-the-top physical assault, but there are some classic one liners as well. Harbour is genius in the role and I love how all the bad guys have “festive” nicknames.

After watching Violent Night I tweeted out that it’s an instant Christmas cult classic because it totally is. It has a great musical score that you don’t realize are Christmas songs right away. It’s laugh out loud funny. It’s super violent. It’s the exact sort of entertainment I wanted while also watching end of the year “Oscar bait” movies because it’s not trying to be anything it’s not. I loved it so because of that, it is…

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Genre: Action Comedy

Cast: David Harbour, John Leguizamo, Cam Gigandet, Alex Hassell, Alexis Louder, Edi Patterson and Beverly D’Angelo

Directed by: Tommy Wirkola

Screenplay by: Pat Casey & Josh Miller

Producers: Kelly McCormick, David Leitch, Guy Danella

Executive Producers: Marc S. Fischer

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