Bounty Killer (2013)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Bounty Killer had a good amount of homages paid to post-apocalyptic movies of the past. There are all sorts of cool gadgetry and cutesy additions especially when it comes to Mary Death and while this may not be a popular movie with a general audience, Bounty Killer can easily become a cult favorite once it hits Blu-Ray.
With Bounty Killer a lot of people will miss the beauty of what it really is. Basically, this is a modern day, grind house, science fiction for fans of violence, hot women, and comedy. For me it was Bitch Slap with better actors and a more compelling plot, but if you go into it knowing exactly what it is, chances are you will love it as much as I did. Fans of movies like Death Proof, Machete, and Sucker Punch are the audience for Bounty Killer and people wanting a serious, thought-provoking movie should stay far away. That being said, let us dissect the lovely innards of this film and why it is one of our Spicy favorites.
Here’s some plot: The world’s corporations have gone ballistic and began to take up arms against one another. The violence issues in an age of death and blood that nearly destroys the world and people began to rise up against the white collars and their incessant greed. Bounty Killers are the new heroes of the age, and they are paid for hunting down and killing the wanted CEO’s of the major companies in the post-apocalypse. Two of the best bounty killers are Drifter (Matthew Marsden) and Mary Death (Christian Pitre); celebrities in their own right due to their numerous bounties and flawless record. The events of this movie begin when Mary Death learns of a terrible secret that may force her to turn her guns the other way.
Based off of a graphic novel, Bounty Killer reminded me of a Japanese anime in the way it handled the fights, the kills, and the violence. Production value is reminiscent of the cheesy classics that I grew up watching but was crisp enough in Hi-Def for me to appreciate the gritty cinematography. There is a bit of World War II propaganda styled poster work thrown in and it reminded me very much of the video game series Borderlands. You have seen this sort of world before in classics like Mad Max, or more specifically Road Warrior, but the only difference is that in this world everybody is attractive.
The lineup for Bounty Killer has the familiar faces of Gary Busey and Terminator’s own T-X Kristanna Loken. The latter was a real gem in the acting department because it took me some time to realize who she was. When you watch Bounty Killer though (as a straight male) your eyes will be locked in on Christian Pitre’s Mary Death; as the center plot piece to the entire thing, she is a comic book femme fatale come to life. Everyone brought their A-game in terms of acting and choreography and it is impressive being that most times actors half-ass it on the cheesier films like this. Barak Hardley as the gun caddy was a good bit of comedy relief and the lovely Beverly D’Angelo makes an appearance .
Bounty Killer had a good amount of homages paid to post-apocalyptic movies of the past. As mentioned before Road Warrior had to be one of them as we are treated to 15 minutes of biker gypsies chasing a trailer through the wastelands complete with motorcycles and body parts being blown off. The only thing missing was a cameo by Mel Gibson! There are all sorts of cool gadgetry and cutesy additions especially when it comes to Mary Death and while this may not be a popular movie with a general audience, Bounty Killer can easily become a cult favorite once it hits Blu-Ray.
Unfortunately this gem is shown in limited theaters around the country but if you get a chance to see it in the future or purchase it, check it out!