Title Card, RSVP
Title Card, RSVP

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Plot Summary

Maurice Wright is in mourning. A year ago, his wife, Alexandra, died in a car accident, and since that day, his grief has overcome him. However, on the anniversary of her death, Maurice invites friends, confidants, family, and some employers to an isolated mansion and decides to issue judgement on his guest.

But Tesha seemingly won’t go down without a fight.

Cast and Characters

Character’s Name Actor’s Name
Maurice Wright Robert Ri’chard
Alexandra Wright Tiffany Snow
Tesha Coleman Natasha Marc
Francis Mike Ferguson

Maurice Wright

Maurice Wright (Robert Ri'chard)
Maurice Wright (Robert Ri’chard)

The President and Founder of Point Blank Investments, when we meet Maurice he is a man in mourning, on the edge, and with the money to execute his whims, he has lost his mind.

Alexandra Wright

Alexandra Wright (Tiffant Snow)
Alexandra Wright (Tiffany Snow)

Alexandra was the 32-year-old CEO of Point Blank Investments, but between the downfall of her marriage and business, her mental health deteriorated, she gained a drinking problem, and the combination ended her life.

Tesha Coleman

Tesha Coleman (Natasha Marc)
Tesha Coleman (Natasha Marc)

With losing her parents and being raised in Crenshaw, Tesha feels she has a story to tell. However, with a chip on her shoulder, martial arts training, and being unable to focus on her book enough to even come up with a title, Tesha has put off finishing her first book for quite a while.

  • The actor is also known for their role in “Dutch.”

Francis

Francis (Mike Ferguson)
Francis (Mike Ferguson)

Francis is Maurice’s enforcer who keeps the others Maurice hired in line.

Review

Our Rating: Mixed (Divisive)

Good If You Like

  • Over the top antagonist and protagonist who seem able to handle anything thrown at them

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Highlights

The Fight Scenes

I won’t pretend that careful camera shots and quick cuts don’t sometimes take away from the many battles Tesha gets in. However, between Maurice’s main enforcer, Francis, to one of Tesha’s final fight sequences where various blades are used, certain moments come off cool. Unfortunately, they don’t have the oomph or sound effects to put them over, but “RSVP” does its best to compensate by invoking music and filters over the scenes that can trigger memories of “Kill Bill” or even Blaxploitation classics.

On The Fence

Wishing They Gave More Depth To Maurice And The Victims

When it comes to “RSVP,” there are a lot of opportunities to present some form of gray to characters and the story, but that doesn’t happen. Maurice has been driven mad due to his wife’s death, but we don’t dig deeply into his relationship with his wife and his influence on her drinking and depression. It’s always everyone else’s fault, and because Alexandra is removed from the film early on, she can’t speak for herself, and we don’t get flashbacks to fill in the blanks, either.

This makes most of the characters paper-thin since everything relies on Maurice’s narrative and him telling viewers what this person or that person did. Not once is anyone allowed to defend themselves. Thus, you don’t get the feeling that they are getting their comeuppance. If anything, you’re left wondering if this is the sequel to something, for it feels like you’re missing the plot.

The Torture Feels Tame

Are there scenes with blood, torture, and Maurice getting his form of justice? Yes. But none of it is gruesome or leaves your skin crawling. If you have watched and gotten adjusted to films like “SaW,” then what you see in “RSVP” is going to feel like nothing.

Tesha Becomes An Afterthought

While Tesha is fighting to survive, she isn’t who or what, leaves a lasting impression because of how overwhelming Maurice’s revenge plot is. All you end up thinking about is Maurice and what could or should have been done with his character and story. Leaving Tesha, at best, a middle person, someone who ushers you to Maurice’s story, and outside of when she is kicking butt, she fades into the background.

Background Information

Film Length 1 Hour 25 Minutes
Date Released May 30, 2024
Distributor BET Plus
Director(s) Thomas Walton
Writer(s) Quinn Early, Thomas Walton
Based On Work By N/A
Genre(s) ActionCrimeDramaThriller
Content Rating Rated TV-MA
Content Information
Dialog Cursing
Violence Gun Violence, Blood, Torture, Notable Fight Scenes
Sexual Content N/A
Miscellaneous Drinking, Depiction of Mental Illness

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RSVP (2024) - Review
Title Card, RSVP

Movie title: RSVP (2024)

Movie description: Starring Natasha Marc and Robert Ri’Chard, in this BET+ release, a man decides to get revenge for his fallen wife, and you’re sadly left taking his word due to a lack of character development.

Date Released: May 30, 2024

Country: United States

Duration: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

Author: Amari Allah

Director(s): Thomas Walton

Actor(s): Robert Ri’chard, Tiffany Snow, Natasha Marc, Mike Ferguson

Genre: Action , Crime, Drama , Thriller,

Summary

“RSVP” may have a handful of fight scenes that are of interest, but due to having to rely on a madman’s narrative and avoiding developing its characters and story, it lacks the depth required to be any form of compelling.

Overall
75%
75%
  • Tesha Becomes An Afterthought - 71%
    71%
  • The Torture Feels Tame - 74%
    74%
  • Wishing They Gave More Depth To Maurice And The Victims - 72%
    72%
  • The Fight Scenes - 82%
    82%
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Highlight(s)

  • The Fight Scenes

Disputable

  • Wishing They Gave More Depth To Maurice And The Victims
  • The Torture Feels Tame
  • Tesha Becomes An Afterthought

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