I’m always up for a grim revenge thriller, and Gabriel Carrer’s Canadian indie The Demolisher looks like it’s going to fit that bill perfectly. And better still, there’s a lot more going on than just the surface story, as you can see in this first trailer for this slow-burning psychological saga.
Here’s the synopsis:
Bruce (Ryan Barrett) is an ordinary repairman tormented by a crippling sense of responsibility for his disabled wife Samantha, an ex-policewoman (Tianna Nori), the survivor of a gang-related assault. Bruce's increasing hyper-sensitivity to the injustice suffered by his wife steer him down a dark path of vigilantism, and with his rapidly disintegrating mental health, paranoia and overwhelming sense of doom, Bruce channels his inner rage towards a young woman Marie (Jessica Vano) and finds refuge in a world of extreme violence. Both a character study and a psychological examination of trauma, The Demolisher is an unapologetic portrayal of what can happen when a fragile mind is pushed too far.
The title, subject matter, and violence obviously evoke Marvel’s Punisher, but this trailer reminds me of the indie vigilante picture Boy Wonder from a few years ago. There’s a realistic grittiness that grounds the story in the world at large. And you can’t help but get shades of Death Wish as well, or even the underrated, Woody Harrelson-staring Defendor.
No word on when we’ll see this, but it’s definitely one that’s now on our radar.