their only crime was falling in love

summary

Michael "Jay" Cochran (Kevin Costner) has just left the Navy after 12 years. He's not quite sure what he's going to do, except that he knows he wants a holiday. He decides to visit Tiburon Mendez (Anthony Quinn), a powerful but shady Mexican businessman who he once flew to Alaska for a hunting trip. Arriving at the Mendez mansion in Mexico, he is immediately surprised by the beauty and youth of Mendez' wife Miryea (Madeleine Stowe). Their attraction to each other is undeniable, but Cochran is aware that Mendez is a powerful, vindictive, and very posessive man who does not tolerate betrayal.  source: IMDb.com

my thoughts

The first time I watched Revenge I didn't see it from the beginning. But the unexpected ending hit me so hard that I vowed never to watch it again. I had so many requests for the screen captures on my old Kevin Costner fansite (I Believe) that I thought 'ok, you can do this!'

It was a little easier the second time because I already knew what would happen, and I could cover my eyes at the parts I didn't want to watch. I still hated the ending and I still cried. But I believe that no one has any control over who they fall in love with, or when it's going to happen. And to see 3 people destroyed because of obsessive pride just seemed like such a waste to me.

The ending is the real grabber of the movie, though, and I doubt you'd see too many movies today being that honest or brave to have one like it. When you think of a movie, one scene always comes to mind first... in Dances With Wolves, it's the buffalo hunt. And, just like Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms or Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby or Harling's Steel Magnolias (all of which I also vowed never to watch again because I couldn't stop crying), it's the ending you'll think of for Revenge. It just has to be one of the most hearbreakingly sad moments ever to be put on film.

Revenge consists of retaliation against a person or group in response to perceived wrongdoing. The vengeful wish to make the other side go through what they went through or make sure they'll never be able to do what they did again.

This isn't a movie that you want to watch over and over again, and being a fan of it doesn't mean I love it. But I do appreciate it for what it is... a love story. The movie wasn't wrapped up in pretty paper with a bow attached, but I'll never forget it. And it is worth seeing at least once for all the emotions it will evoke from you.