First Glance: “Vengeance”

Texas takes center stage in the upcoming film “Vengeance”, a new comedy thriller written and directed by B. J. Novak. It’s the directorial debut for “The Office” alum who also stars alongside Issa Rae, Boyd Holbrook, and Ashton Kutcher. It’s yet another film halted by COVID-19 but now set for its full release via Focus Features.

Novak plays a New York City journalist and podcaster who travels down to the heart of Texas to investigate the death of an old flame who he barely knew. While he supposedly just wants to discover the truth, he soon finds himself teaming up with the girl’s brother (Holbrook) who is much more interested in seeking revenge. Hijinks ensue as Novak’s ‘fish out of water’ character tries to fit in with the locals. The culture-clash elements are definitely present and look to feed much of film’s dark comedy. There’s some real potential here.

“Vengeance” hits theaters July 29th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

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