BOUNTY KILLER is a Grindhouse
version of Mad Max in a
post-apocalyptic Wild West. It is 2042,
twenty years after the Corporate Wars have laid waste to the world. The Council
of Nine has set bounties on the
corporate heads responsible for the destruction and Bounty Killers go after
these white collar criminals. Bounty
Killers compete for fame and bounties.
Mary Death (Christian Pitre) is one of the top Bounty Killers and she is
in constant competition with Drifter/ Francis Gorman (Matthew Marsden) who was
once her lover (the same person who taught her all she knows). She is a sexy
and lethal gypsy killer dressed
in a 1960s mod dress with white stockings.
She is on the hunt for Drifter when a bounty is set on his head and
Drifter is out to find out why. Drifter
will have to face Gypsies who are on the hunt for one of their own named Nuri
with Mary Death and the Second Sun Corporation on his tail.
BOUNTY KILLER is a really fun
sci-fi action film which
reminds me of the type of direct to video B movie/ cult classics I would find
on VHS in the 1980s and 1990s. The
production design and costume design is very inspired with a fun script filled
with plenty of action. I know the film
focuses on Drifter and to some extent Mary Death, but Christian Pitre steals
every scene away from Matthew Marsden with her performance as Mary Death. I
wish the writers and director focused the
tale more on Mary Death because she is a far more compelling character than
Drifter who is a B movie substitute for the Man With No Name gunslinger type
you would find in Spaghetti Westerns. I
found Drifter and his gun caddy Jack to be slightly amusing, but my interest
really peaked whenever Mary Death came back on the screen. I just feel
Henry Saine and Jason Dodson bet
on the wrong horse by spending more time with Drifter than Mary Death. Matthew
Marsden does hold his own as Drifter,
but Christian Pitre shows why Drifter is so attracted to Mary Death. It is
like if someone did KILL BILL with the Bride as the second main character while
having the story told partly through another main character. I enjoyed BOUNTY
KILLER, but I would have
loved it more if it was more about Mary Death.
I hope a sequel will follow Mary Death more and I won’t miss Drifter if
he doesn’t show up in it.
15 minute Behind The Scenes
featurette has interviews with
cast and crew as they talk about casting, the characters, the origins of the
film, and director Henry Saine.
Also included are the theatrical
trailer and previews for
other releases from Arc Entertainment (SWEETWATER,
ON THE ROAD, and VEHICLE 19). Too
bad they couldn’t include the original
30 minute BOUNTY HUNTER short on the DVD and an audio commentary.
BOUNTY KILLER is a fun sci-fi B movie that reminds me of the days when
you would discover direct to video classics on VHS in the 1990s. I hope they
make a sequel that focuses front
and center on Mary Death.
This DVD review is (c)12-26-2013 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted
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