The Rendel movie is a story of a man blinded by his desire for revenge and hatred. Even though Rendel can be considered as a super hero, he is somewhat darker than the traditional representatives of the genre. The movie takes place in the fictionalized version of a Finnish city, Mikkeli.
User Reviews: Writer/Director Jesse Haaja is a graphic designer and Art director turned director, and ‘Rendel’ is his first feature film. While this is essentially a film about revenge, I think Jesse had more action ideas than he could cram into one film, resulting in a lot of fighting with not enough storytelling or character development. Halfway through the film I still wasn’t sure how everything was connected. There’s a lot here that doesn’t make sense and much of the film was done for effect only. It is never explained how Rendel got to be so good (superhero status), or how he seems to know every move the villains make. The film only starts making sense once your realize it plays in different time periods, and that some scenes are actually flashbacks. Some scenes felt like deja vu. Calling in the ‘special group’ of people to eliminate Rendel was merely an excuse to add to the body count. I think it might have been better if they were merely gang members.
Although the fighting scenes are ultra violent, it is acceptable considering Rendel is filled with hate and vengeance due to his family being killed in cold blood right before his eyes. The visuals are also really incredibly good and some slow-motion photography was highly effective. Interesting twist ending. In general, the film was very exciting and certainly entertaining. If you want a vengeance film purely for the action and effect, this is it.