We meet the main character, played by Olivia Wilde, during one of her home "interventions": she is beating senseless a man who was abusing his wife, so as to make sure he'll no longer pose a threat. As the plot develops, we see other similar situations while, at the same time, gradually discovering what motivated her to become a lone avenger. The story brings to mind Kill Bill, but Daggar-Nickson's film has none of its comic-book feel. A Vigilante is painfully realistic: the action takes place in gloomy suburbs during a harsh winter, at roadside motels and in bars and parking lots somewhere in New York state. The film doesn't treat violence lightly or use it for entertainment purposes; instead, it is the only tool available to women who could not otherwise escape their toxic relationships. The subject matter is very much in tune with the times, but there's nothing journalistic about it. A Vigilanteis something to see: the rare movie in which lone justice offers a catharsis that could be described as honest, wrote Variety following the film's premiere at the South by Southwest Festival.
Sarah Daggar-Nickson is a director and screenwriter. Her first screenplay, Dream Life, was produced by MTV Australia. After moving to New York, she wrote and directed the short film Dead Hands. Her next short film, The Light in the Night, received a grant from the American-Scandinavian Foundation. A Vigilante is her first feature film.
2010 Dead Hands (short)
2011 The Light in the Night (short)
2018 Strażniczka / A Vigilante