Rise of the Footsoldier: Vengeance is a 2023 British crime thriller about a gangster on a violent rampage. The movie is the latest entry in the franchise that began with Rise of the Footsoldier (2007) and continued with Rise of the Footsoldier: Part II (2015), Rise of the Footsoldier 3 (2017) and Rise of the Footsoldier: Origins (2021).
Directed by Nick Nevern (Rise of the Footsoldier: Origins) from a screenplay written by Andrew Loveday and Jason Maza.
The production stars Craig Fairbrass (A Violent Man; Cliffhanger), Jamie Foreman (Layer Cake), George Russo (Rise of the Footsoldier: Origins), Ben Wilson (Wednesday), Stephen McCole (Vigil), Sadie Frost (Bram Stoker’s Dracula), Tara Fitzgerald (Legend), ArrDee, Josh Myers (Fighting With My Family), Emily Wyatt (The Last Heist), Geoff Bell (RocknRolla), Anthony Skordi (The Offer) and Phil Davis (Vera Drake; Quadrophenia).
Pat Tate (Craig Fairbrass) embarks on a rampage to avenge his loyal and trusted footsoldier’s violent death, venturing beyond his comfort zone of Essex into the dark side of ’90s Soho to track down the villain responsible. Set to execute his revenge, Tate will stop at nothing even as the world around him starts to explode…
“Rise of the Footsoldier Vengeance is far more plot orientated with callbacks to previous characters popping up in crucial roles […] But this is very much Pat’s film with a gruesome ensemble that will not come out of this well. Not as potty-mouthed and bone-crunchingly violent as previous films in the franchise the end very much makes it clear that there will undoubtedly be a follow-up film and fans are unlikely to leave disappointed.” Any Good Films
“Craig Fairbrass is synonymous with the franchise and the Pat Tate we see here is a very different beast to the one we’ve seen before. That’s all down to Fairbrass committing himself to the character […] Whether they make more of these remains to be seen however, the change-up in approach to this film makes it arguably the best of the bunch.” ★★★ Barton Reviews
“Fans of the franchise will appreciate the signature style of this outing with Craig Fairbrass in brilliantly bone-crunching form, but as well as sandwiching itself in between two previous chapters, this works as a standalone revenge flick. After his iffy origins story, Nick Nevern has risen as a director, and this is the strongest Footsoldier film in years.” ★★★½ Cinema Perspective
” …it can be tricky to sympathise with the man even though we do root for him to succeed in his revenge mission given that the person that has been killed is a somewhat likeable character (again I won’t mention who that character was or who they were played by, but I like seeing them on screen they were great) Craig Fairbrass once again plays Pat Tate to perfection and has some fantastic fight scenes in the movie.” From Page 2 Screen
” …this time round the script by Andrew Loveday and Jason Maza has more focus and dramatic heft. There’s less crude misogyny (although ladies in lingerie still abound on the fringes of the screen thanks to scenes set in strip clubs), and there’s even an outright queer-sympathetic plot line…” ★★★ The Guardian
” …Rise of the Footsoldier: Vengeance is not just a good addition to the series but a solid, standalone film that captures the essence of good storytelling and noteworthy performances, particularly by Fairbrass. Whether you are a series veteran or a newcomer, this instalment is sure to offer a gratifying cinematic experience.” Love Belfast
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