Monkey Man Review: A brutal quest for vengeance.

Monkey Man is an poignant, in your face revenge tale that will 100% resonate


Quick Take: Dev Patel's directorial debut, Monkey Man, is a full-throttle, heartbreaking, brutal quest for vengeance. Patel and his co-writers weave ancestral lore and a biting challenge to the socio-political status quo into a underdog tale that wears its cinematic influences and cultural aesthetic on its sleeve. What starts as tale of a street-smart grief-striken man living only for revenge slow morphs into the journey of a man who learns to stand for something greater than himself. Monkey Man pulls no punches and takes no prisoners. Although far from technically flawless and clearly not attempting to reinvent the revenge tropes, in Monkey Man Patel firmly establishes his ability to straddle the line of action star and beguiling leading man with an almost supernatual grace. 

Come for the fights and stay for the intense character arc. 

Listen as Phenom and Ro discuss (spoiler-free) just how brash Monkey Man is from start to finish. 

Monkey Man opens (wide) in theaters, April 5, 2024

Director: Dev Patel
Writers: Dev Patel, Paul Angunawela, John Collee
Starring: Dev Patel, Sharlto Copley, Pitobash, Vipin Sharma, Sikandar Kher, Sobhita Dhulipala, Ashwini Kalsekar, Adithi Kalkunte, Makarand Deshpande
Runtime:  1 Hour 53 Minutes

Synopsis: After years of suppressed rage, Kid discovers a way to infiltrate the enclave of the city’s sinister elite. As his childhood trauma boils over, his mysteriously scarred hands unleash an explosive campaign of retribution to settle the score with the men who took everything from him.

Note for podcast episode: Monkeypaw Productions and Jordan Peele came on board towards the end of shooting. 

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