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Weak Vigilante Movie,
This review is from: Bad Ass [DVD] (DVD)
Danny Trejo (Machete) plays Frank Vega; a Vietnam-war veteran who has achieved pretty much nothing with his life after returning home. Old, bitter & disillusioned Frank wallows in his life until a random fight sees Frank trounce two skinhead-racists on the bus. Instantly uploaded to the internet; Frank becomes a viral celebrity & local hero. But when his friend Klondike is murdered for his involvement in something, Frank becomes eager to clean-up the neighbourhood, much to the chagrin of the local police and finally find who is responsible for his friend's murder.
Bad Ass is set in central L.A. - we know this due to the 3:20-long introduction that credits almost everyone in the entire film to a series of mariachi-backed, moving-shots of L.A. through a yellow-filter as Youtube videos play and news articles flash up. Initially it's cool, it's just that it goes on for so long!! For the most part, the acting is acceptable, Ron Perlman (Hellboy) even makes a bit-part as the local Senator. Where Bad Ass really falls flat is the unimaginative plot and 1993 word documents & graphs (you'll see what I mean) for a plot-critical document.
Extra content: A director's commentary and a making-of featurette. Neither of them are that interesting in all honesty!
The scene with the garbage-disposal unit will stay with me, but that's about the only thing that makes this film stand out. Unimaginative script, time-worn plot devices, unbelievable love interest and hilarious-dated props. The central premise of this film just seems to be Danny Trejo, grimacing with his signature face, whilst beating the crap out of people. Not bad for a mindless movie, but not that great either.