Rise of the Footsoldier: Vengeance is a 2023 British crime thriller film directed by Nick Nevern and written by Andrew Loveday and Jason Maza. It is the fourth film in the Rise of the Footsoldier franchise, and is a sequel to 2015’s Rise of the Footsoldier: Part III. The film stars Craig Fairbrass, Phil Davis, Geoff Bell, Jamie Foreman, Emily Wyatt, Stephen McCole, Anthony Skordi, Kirsty J. Curtis, George Russo, and Josh Myers.
Pat Tate (Fairbrass) is a retired gangster who is trying to live a quiet life with his family. However, his world is turned upside down when his loyal and trusted footsoldier, Tony Tucker (Russo), is brutally murdered. Tate vows to avenge Tucker’s death, and sets out on a rampage to track down the killer.
His investigation leads him into the dark side of 1990s Soho, where he squares up against violent kingpins and negotiates his way through treacherous backstreets. Tate will stop at nothing to get his revenge, even as the world around him starts to explode.
- Craig Fairbrass as Pat Tate
- Phil Davis as Tony Tucker
- Geoff Bell as Bernard O’Mahoney
- Jamie Foreman as Dave Courtney
- Emily Wyatt as Vicky Tate
- Stephen McCole as Freddie Foreman
- Anthony Skordi as Tony Davenport
- Kirsty J. Curtis as Sharon Tate
- George Russo as Tony Tucker
- Josh Myers as Terry
- Sadie Frost as Susan Davies
- Tara Fitzgerald as Sarah Tucker
- ArrDee as Young Tony Tucker
- Ben Wilson as Wednesday
Rise of the Footsoldier: Vengeance was filmed in the United Kingdom in early 2023. The film was produced by Signature Entertainment, and was distributed by Lionsgate Films.
Rise of the Footsoldier: Vengeance was released in cinemas in the United Kingdom on 15 September 2023. The film was released on digital download and on DVD and Blu-ray on 13 November 2023.
Rise of the Footsoldier: Vengeance received mixed reviews from critics. Some critics praised the film’s gritty realism and Fairbrass’s performance, while others criticized its violence and lack of originality.
Rise of the Footsoldier: Vengeance grossed £2.5 million at the UK box office. The film also grossed £500,000 from digital sales and home video sales.
My thoughts on the film
I thought Rise of the Footsoldier: Vengeance was a solid crime thriller. The film is well-made and well-acted, and the plot is suspenseful and engaging. Fairbrass is excellent in the lead role, and he is supported by a strong cast.
The film is not without its flaws, however. The violence is quite graphic, and the film is quite bleak at times. However, I think the film is worth watching for fans of the crime thriller genre.
Overall, I would give Rise of the Footsoldier: Vengeance a 7/10 rating.