Julien Neaves, Caribbean Head Writer
In my never-ending quest to review Caribbean content I sometimes turn to the good old YouTube, and I usually pick films with relatively high reviews. So when I saw 2013 Bajan crime drama Vexx (or Vexx the Movie) had more 245,000 I thought it was a pretty safe bet. And so I watched it, and well, it was something.
Directed by and starring Bongo Lights, Vexx follows a bloody war in Barbados between small-time weed pushers, including the titular character (he’s extra edgy because of the extra “x”). There is little plot here but more a series of scenes where characters threaten each other, cuss each other, beat up and kick each other, or shoot at/shoot each other. Or sometimes all at once. All the characters are varying levels of awful and engage in violence against women, so no one to root for here. The production quality is super low budget, with such rough editing it could give you whiplash, and extremely poor sound editing exacerbated by some thick Bajan accents (sans subtitles). There is also an overuse of slowdown, some goofy fight sound effects and inexplicable cuts to lightning strikes. But there is humour to be had in the over-the-top fights and some okay gunplay in the second half. Sadly everything is undone by one overly sappy and supremely contrived climax. Vexx should have gone Reservoir Dogs but instead I got Barney.
So should you watch Vexx? If you approach it as a so-bad-it’s-good unintentional comedy you would find a few laughs (which I did) but otherwise there’s not much to recommend it.
Editor Jules’s Score: 3 out of 10
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Julien “Editor Jules” Neaves is a TARDIS-flying, Force-using Trekkie whose bedroom stories were by Freddy Krueger, learned to be a superhero from Marvel, but dreams of being Batman. I love promoting Caribbean film (Cariwood), creating board games and I am an aspiring author. I say things like “12 flavours of awesome sauce”. Read more.