RKS Film: “223 Wick”: A Clunker with Some Saving Graces?

Let’s face it “223 Wick” in its entirety is a clunker. Repetitive flashes of light, eerie voices and a whole host of tiresome horror film effects. Trite plot and mostly wooden acting. Of course in the midst of disaster one must recognize some positive points.

This is not a horror film as the usual dim voices, connection with the underworld and rogue priests fail to horrify. But there is a modicum of suspense figuring out a grand evil plot but even then it might be overdone leading to a lack of credibility by poor writing.

Father John (Alexi Stavrou) is a teacher at St. Vincent’s. seminary. He has visions about what I am not quite sure. But for some reason he is a danger to the parish. So a rather sleazy looking priest in charge Father Murphy (Jack Dimich) and a Charles Manson/Marilyn Manson fellow priest are up to something nasty and attempt to transfer him to another post for mental rehabilitation but he never gets there and ends up at 223 Wick Avenue for some unknown reason.

The nasty is at 223 WICK Avenue where you’ll be subjected to a rather boring bad guy and underlings looking for a priest to sacrifice to a higher power. It is a priest massacre but pure evil is defeated by a supreme act of sacrifice.

Stavrou provides a steady performance and Dimich is a chameleon who is hard to pin but there is something terribly unpriestly about him. Both these actors rescue the film from a total disaster.

Absolutely fails as a horror film but as a suspense/thriller it limps along with some decency. Dawn Lafferty as Katerina Brixton is a weak link as far as acting goes. Yes years ago I was involved in casting films and Lafferty bombs and cripples credibility of an already weak film.

While there are weak links crippling the film there is some fun figuring out exactly who are the evil guys. And the ending? Real estate flip?

A tired and weak film.

RKS Film Rating 65/100.

Directed by Sergio Meyers and was released on digital platforms on September 20th.

You can see the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6PE_hihjs8

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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